Your child had an appendectomy. The doctor removed your child's appendix
either through several small cuts, called incisions, in the belly (laparoscopic
surgery) or through one large incision in the belly (open surgery). The
incisions leave scars that usually fade with time.
your child may feel weak and tired for several days after he or she returns
home. Your child's belly may be swollen and painful. Your child may also feel
sick to his or her stomach and have diarrhea, constipation, gas, or a headache.
This usually goes away in a few days. Most children are back to many of their
usual activities about a week after surgery.
Your child's body
will work just fine without an appendix. You will not have to make any changes
in your child's diet or lifestyle.
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 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.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example,
Call the doctor now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be
sure to contact the doctor if:
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Current as of:
August 9, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Brad W. Warner, MD - Pediatric Surgery
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