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On the Day of the Surgery
After Surgery Your child will remain in the hospital overnight following the procedure.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Most children will be fully recovered in one month and can resume some normal activities. Your child’s pediatric surgeon can advise as to what sports are allowed.
Question & Answer
What does the procedure involve?
Your child will be given a general anesthesia and will remain asleep throughout the surgery. Using a series of small incisions, the pediatric surgeon inserts a tiny laparoscope that clearly visualizes the abdomen. Once the obstruction has been located, the intussusception is reduced by carefully tucking it back into its normal position. In rare cases, the surgeon may not be able to push the bowel back into place. When this occurs, the affected portion of the bowel is removed and the healthy segments are sutured together.
How many incisions are made?
Several tiny incisions are made in the abdomen.
How long will my child stay in the hospital?
Children will normally have to stay overnight in the hospital.
What is the recovery time?
Most children feel better within the first week, but it takes a month to fully recovery. Your child’s pediatric surgeon will advise on what sort of activities to avoid and how to take precautions.
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