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During Surgery
Your child will wear a hospital gown.
An IV (intravenous) is put into a vein in your child’s arm or leg for
giving medicine and fluids.
Your child will be taken on a cart to the surgery room. A belt may be
put over your child’s legs for safety.
Your child will be given medicine so he or she will sleep through the
surgery. The medicine will be given through the IV or a face mask.
The abdomen is cleaned and sheets are put over your child to keep
the surgery area clean.
An incision is made in your child’s abdomen. With laparoscopic, 3 or
4 incisions are made.
The appendix is removed.
The incision(s) are closed with stitches, staples or special tapes called
If stitches or staples are used, a bandage is taped over them.
After Surgery
In the Hospital
Your child is taken to the recovery room and watched closely until he
or she wakes up and is doing well.
Your child’s breathing, blood pressure and pulse are checked often.
Your doctor will talk to you about your child’s surgery.
Most children are ready to go home in 24 hours.
Medicines given during the surgery will make your child sleepy.
Your child should be watched closely for 24 hours after you go home.
At Home
Your child should get plenty of rest.