Laparoscopic surgery is a procedure your child’s doctor uses to avoid major surgery and a long healing time after surgery. For this kind of surgery, the doctor inserts small, hollow tubes, called cannulas, through small slits (incisions) in your child’s skin. Then special instruments are placed inside the tubes. These instruments let the doctor see inside and operate on your child.
Your child will be given medicine to make him sleep. Three to five small slits will be made in his abdomen: The slits are made near his belly button, each side of the belly and above or below the belly button, depending on the type of surgery (Picture 1). A tube is put into one of the slits and the abdomen is filled with carbon dioxide to make room for the surgeon to operate. A small telescope called a laparoscope is put through one of the tubes. A picture of your child’s insides is shown on a television screen in the Operating Room. The surgeon uses the tubes at the other sites to insert instruments to do the surgery.
Your child will be allowed to eat when there are signs the bowel is working (passing gas, a bowel movement or “growling” sounds in the belly). This is usually a few hours after surgery. When allowed to eat, your child will be given clear liquids such as water, Jell-O®, popsicles, 7-Up®, fruit punch and broth. If he has no problems drinking clear liquids, he will be allowed to have a regular meal.
Your child should play quietly for the first week at home or until he sees the doctor at his follow-up appointment. This means no heavy lifting, no vigorous activities, no running, swimming or bike riding.
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