Learn What to Expect from Nissen Fundoplication for GERD
Prior to Surgery
- Talk to your doctor about your child’s medications and vitamins. Some may need to be discontinued prior to surgery.
- Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that could impact surgery or anesthesia.
- Blood samples are taken in case your child needs a blood transfusion.
On the Day of the Surgery
- Do not allow your child to eat or drink after midnight on the evening prior to surgery.
- You will receive a call from the hospital about arrival time.
- Most children will be hospitalized for a few days.
- Your child will return to a normal diet slowly and will begin with soft foods until healed.
- There will be soreness around the surgical site during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.
- Your child may have some nausea and vomiting after surgery since the procedure was done in the abdominal region. Your child will be encouraged to sip liquids to reduce these sensations.
- Do not let the child bathe until the doctor says that it is okay. Sponge baths are recommended.
- Walking is encouraged, based on his/her energy level.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks
Most children will feel better within a week and will fully recover in two to three weeks.
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