Caring for Your Child after Hernia or Hydrocele Surgery - Dr. Slaughenhoupt
- All of the sutures are below the skin. They will dissolve over time. No stitches need to be removed. There will be a clear bandage and tape (Steri-strip) over the incision. Often there is a small amount of dried blood under the bandage. The bandage can be removed in two days. It may fall off by itself. The strips of tape may remain on until they come off on their own.
- Your child may shower or sponge bathe after 48 hours. Normal bathing and swimming may resume after 7 days.
- It is common for the scrotum to appear bruised and slightly swollen. This will go away in a few weeks.
What restrictions will my child have after the surgery?
Your child may resume most of his routine as soon as he feels well enough. Your child may not take part in gym class or other vigorous activity until after the follow-up clinic visit in 2 – 4 weeks. Your child should avoid lifting anything greater than 10 pounds for 2 weeks. Infants do not have any activity limits.
Will my child have pain?
Most children do not have severe pain after inguinal hernia repair. Most often, over-the-counter pain relievers (Children's Tylenol®) are enough for pain control. Often, we will provide you with a prescription for pain medicine for more severe pain. Do NOT mix a dose of regular Tylenol® for Children and the pain medicine. This may be too much Tylenol® and could be harmful. Remember that oxycodone may make your child drowsy, nauseated, or constipated. Encourage your child to drink plenty of liquids. Teenagers should not drive or operate heavy machinery while taking oxycodone.
When to call the doctor
If your child has:
- Fever greater than 101.5°F for two readings taken 4 hours apart.
- Increased spreading redness around the incision.
- Drainage or odor from the incision.
- Increased pain that can’t be explained.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation which does not improve over time.
Pediatric Urology Clinic (608) 263-6420
After hours, this number is answered by the paging operator. Ask for the pediatric urology resident on call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live out of the area, 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: 12/17/2012
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