As part of the Pediatric Surgery Clinic, we qualify for procedures performed as part of the 1st Day Surgery Clinic, in which operated children leave the hospital a few hours after the surgery.

A hernia is the common name for organs to move into areas of reduced resistance. Doctors distinguish between congenital hernias and acquired hernias (e.g. resulting from injuries). In children, hernia is most often caused by birth defects.

A hernia, a bulge of intestine pushing through the abdomen’s wall, often goes away by the time a child is three or four years old. If it doesn’t, umbilical hernia surgery can address it. This procedure is short and has good results. Children are usually back to their activities in a few days.

A laparoscope, a thin surgical instrument with a camera at the end, is inserted into the area of the defect, the camera transmits the magnified image to the monitor screen. Then, the remaining surgical instruments are inserted into the area of the hernia. The procedure is performed through 3 or 4 incisions up to 0.5 cm long. The hernia is repaired from the inside of the abdominal cavity. Synthetic mesh is used to repair the defect site. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.

It’s usually an outpatient procedure, so you can take your child home the same day as the surgery. Children who have other medical conditions may need to spend a night in the hospital so the medical team can observe them.

A patient with an indication for hernia removal surgery is qualified for a visit to our doctor.

Please talk to your child about the surgery and tell your child that the surgery will help.

Plan for your child’s recovery time. He or she may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort.

Please inform the doctor all the medicines that your child takes. Some may increase the risk of problems during the surgery. Your doctor will tell you if your child should stop taking any of them before the surgery and how soon to do it.

On the day of the surgery, your child will need to follow a strict diet. Doing so helps reduce the risk of vomiting and aspiration (inhaling fluids) while they’re under anesthesia. Your child’s specialist surgeon will review the exact guidelines with you before the procedure.

After hernia surgery, the patient can return to daily activities within a week after the sutures are removed.

Exercise should be limited up to 4 weeks after the procedure.

Children often feel fully well within a day after surgery or the next morning. They can eat their regular foods as soon as they are ready.

To help the child as they recover please use pain medicine. For the first few days after surgery, use a sponge bath rather than a tub bath. Please, restrict certain activities. Don’t let the child do anything that may damage the procedure site. The patient should avoid bike riding, jungle gyms, wrestling or organized sports.

Take care of the wound area as it heals. The incision site should heal in about four to six weeks. During the year after surgery, the area will get softer and continue to fade. Avoid tight, rough or scratchy clothing that can rub against the incision. You would also need to protect the skin around the wound from the sun.

Hernia surgery is very safe. There is a low risk of complications, but any surgery comes with risks. Complications of hernia surgery may include infection of the wound or hematoma, a collection of blood around the hernia site.

As with any surgery, postoperative complications may occur. Complications are very rare with laparoscopic hernia surgery. However, if your child experiences symptoms such as fever, bleeding, pain, nausea, vomiting, please contact your doctor.

About the procedure

A hernia, a bulge of intestine pushing through the abdomen’s wall, often goes away by the time a child is three or four years old. If it doesn’t, umbilical hernia surgery can address it. This procedure is short and has good results. Children are usually back to their activities in a few days.

A laparoscope, a thin surgical instrument with a camera at the end, is inserted into the area of the defect, the camera transmits the magnified image to the monitor screen. Then, the remaining surgical instruments are inserted into the area of the hernia. The procedure is performed through 3 or 4 incisions up to 0.5 cm long. The hernia is repaired from the inside of the abdominal cavity. Synthetic mesh is used to repair the defect site. The procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia.

It’s usually an outpatient procedure, so you can take your child home the same day as the surgery. Children who have other medical conditions may need to spend a night in the hospital so the medical team can observe them.

Preparation

A patient with an indication for hernia removal surgery is qualified for a visit to our doctor.

Please talk to your child about the surgery and tell your child that the surgery will help.

Plan for your child’s recovery time. He or she may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort.

Please inform the doctor all the medicines that your child takes. Some may increase the risk of problems during the surgery. Your doctor will tell you if your child should stop taking any of them before the surgery and how soon to do it.

On the day of the surgery, your child will need to follow a strict diet. Doing so helps reduce the risk of vomiting and aspiration (inhaling fluids) while they’re under anesthesia. Your child’s specialist surgeon will review the exact guidelines with you before the procedure.

Convalescence

After hernia surgery, the patient can return to daily activities within a week after the sutures are removed.

Exercise should be limited up to 4 weeks after the procedure.

Children often feel fully well within a day after surgery or the next morning. They can eat their regular foods as soon as they are ready.

To help the child as they recover please use pain medicine. For the first few days after surgery, use a sponge bath rather than a tub bath. Please, restrict certain activities. Don’t let the child do anything that may damage the procedure site. The patient should avoid bike riding, jungle gyms, wrestling or organized sports.

Take care of the wound area as it heals. The incision site should heal in about four to six weeks. During the year after surgery, the area will get softer and continue to fade. Avoid tight, rough or scratchy clothing that can rub against the incision. You would also need to protect the skin around the wound from the sun.

Precautions

Hernia surgery is very safe. There is a low risk of complications, but any surgery comes with risks. Complications of hernia surgery may include infection of the wound or hematoma, a collection of blood around the hernia site.

As with any surgery, postoperative complications may occur. Complications are very rare with laparoscopic hernia surgery. However, if your child experiences symptoms such as fever, bleeding, pain, nausea, vomiting, please contact your doctor.

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