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 laparoscopic surgeon 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.
Understanding Your Child’s Surgery
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. 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.
After the Surgery
- Your child will wake up in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) near the surgery area. He or she may be in the PACU for 1 to 2 hours.
- As soon as your child recovers from the anesthetic, he will be taken back to his room.
- Your child will receive needed fluids and medicines, such as antibiotics and pain medicines, through an IV (intravenous line). Pain medicine will be taken by mouth when he is able to sip liquids.
- Your child will need to get up and walk around soon after surgery. This will help to “wake up” the bowels, and help with breathing and blood circulation.
Care of the Incision
- Your child will have 3 to 5 small slits in his skin. The slit near the belly button may have a gauze and tape dressing. The dressing may be removed 3 to 4 days after surgery. If there are small strips of white tape (called Steri-Strips™) or a clear dressing (Opsite™) under this dressing, leave them in place.
- The other sites will have Steri-Strips™ on the incision. These strips will fall off on their own in 1 to 2 weeks. Do not remove them unless your child’s doctor says it is okay.
- Your child may not go swimming or take tub baths for 2 weeks.
- Showers are allowed. Incision sites should be dried well after the shower.
Dr. Kshama Kulkarni
Dr. Kshama Kulkarni is a specialist Pediatric Surgeon, Pediatric Urologist and ped.laparoscopic Surgeon in Pune and has an experience of over 18 years in these fields.