This surgery removes a piece of the small or large intestine (bowel).
Your doctor puts a lighted tube through small cuts in your child's belly. The tube is called a scope. Your doctor uses the scope to see your child's organs. The doctor puts surgical tools through the cuts to take out part of the intestine. He or she then connects the healthy parts back together.
Most people stay in the hospital for 3 to 5 days. Your child can go back to his or her activities in 2 to 4 weeks.
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 call line 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.
Surgery can be stressful both for your child and for you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
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Current as of: March 27, 2018
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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