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Part of your child's small or large intestine (bowel) has been taken out. Your child is likely to have pain that comes and goes for the next few days. After a laparoscopy, your child may have shoulder pain. This is caused by the air the doctor put in your child's belly to help see the organs better. The pain may last for a day or two.
Your child may have bowel cramps. And even though the cuts (incisions) that are part of the surgery are small, they still may hurt.
Your child may also have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common. Most people stay in the hospital for about 2 to 5 days and can return to their normal activities in 2 to 4 weeks.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for your child to recover. But each child recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps below to help your child get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if your child has any problems.
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Current as of: March 22, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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