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Post-Operative Instructions

Appendectomy

You may remove the bandage on the navel 24 hours after the surgery.

After removing the bandage, mix hydrogen peroxide half and half with water and pour one teaspoon of the mixture into the navel three times a day, every day until it doesn’t bubble when you pour it in; this is usually about seven days. After the peroxide bubbles up, you may blot it off with a Kleenex or washcloth or the child may take a shower to rinse it off.

Your child may walk around outside and climb stairs, but he/she will walk around for 10–15 minutes, and then, he/she will be worn out and will have to sit down or lay down to rest. It takes most children five to seven days to get their energy and exercise tolerance back. Don’t take him/her to the mall, because he/she will feel exhausted after about 15 minutes.

Your child may return to school five to seven days after the date of his/her surgery.

It usually takes about a week for your child’s appetite to return to normal. For the first several days, he/she may no want to eat any solid food or may feel full after only two or three bites. Drinking enough liquids to prevent dehydration is important; his/her appetite will return in time.

Things to watch for are: a) if rather than feeling better and better each day, your child is hurting more and more; b) if your child starts to run a fever higher than 100.6º; or c) the incision starts to look bright red. These may be signs of infection and if they occur, you should call the office.

You were given a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever. After five to seven days, Tylenol or Ibuprofen is usually sufficient.

Postoperative Check: Your surgeon will want to see your child following surgery. If you have not already arranged a follow-up appointment, please call our office to do so, the afternoon after surgery or the following morning. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our main office at (423) 267-0466.