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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.
After surgery, your child may feel weak and tired for several days after coming home. Your child's belly may be swollen and painful. 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 also feel sick to the 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 won't 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 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 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
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 your child has any problems.
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Current as of: January 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Brad W. Warner MD - Pediatric Surgery
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