Caring for your Child after Reimplant Surgery
Your child had a ureteral reimplant surgery. This handout will provide some guidelines for caring for your child when you get home.
What to expect
- Your child may have bladder spasms. The spasms may cause sudden outbursts of crying or screaming. They are caused by irritation of the bladder. Spasms are very common after surgery. Your child will be sent home with a prescription for oxybutynin. This will help relax the bladder and relieve the spasms, though they may not fully go away.
- Constipation is a common side effect after any surgery. This can make the bladder spasms worse. Your doctor will often send you home with a prescription for Miralax®, to keep your child’s stools soft.
- Pain at the incision is normal. Your doctor will send you home with a prescription for Tylenol® with codeine to help your child feel better.
- You may notice blood in your child’s urine for up to one week. This is caused by irritation of the bladder. Your child may eat his normal diet, although he may not be as hungry.
- Your child will need to take antibiotics for about three months to prevent infections.
- Your child may return to his normal routine as soon as he is able. Plan for your child to take it easy for the first few days.
- Your child should not swim or bathe in a tub for one week after he goes home. Instead he will need sponge baths or showers for the first week.
Your child will have a small incision covered by a bandage on his lower belly. You may remove this bandage in two days. It does not need to be covered after that.
Call the doctor if your child has
- A fever over 101.5° F for two readings taken 4 hours apart
- Severe pain that does not go away with pain medicine
- Vomiting that doesn’t go away
- Redness, swelling, or drainage at the incision site
Follow up care
A return clinic appointment will be made for your child before you leave the hospital. If you have any questions or concerns, please call your doctor.
Pediatric Specialty Clinic, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:30 pm, (608) 263-6420
After hours and weekends, this number will be answered by the paging operator. Ask for the Pediatric Resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, please call 1-800-323-8942.
The information provided should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.
Last Updated: 07/03/2009
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