AboutKidsHealth

 

 

Hernia repair: Care for your child after the operationHHernia repair: Care for your child after the operationHernia repair: Care for your child after the operationEnglishUrologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Small Intestine;Large Intestine/ColonSmall intestine;Large intestineNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-18T05:00:00ZCathy Daniels RN, (EC) NP-Paeds;Rishita Peterson RN, BScN, MN1100.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This page is about the surgery to repair a hernia. This information lets parents know what to expect if their child is having an operation to fix a hernia.</p><h2>What is a hernia?</h2><p>A hernia happens when tissue or bowel pushes through a gap in the muscle wall. When your child has a hernia, you can usually see a swelling or a bump under the skin. This bump may get bigger after your child cries or strains. The bump often gets smaller during the night, while your child is asleep or relaxed.</p><p>There are different types of hernia:</p><ul><li>An umbilical (say: um-BILL-ick-al) hernia happens at or near the belly button. Usually, an umbilical hernia does not cause any problems.</li><li>An inguinal (say: in-GWY-nal) hernia happens near the groin area, between the belly and the thigh. With boys, you can often see a swelling in the scrotum. If an inguinal hernia is not treated, it can cause serious problems.</li></ul><p>Your child may need surgery (an operation) to fix the hernia. A urologist or a general surgeon will operate on your child.</p><p>For more information about the causes, and the signs and symptoms of hernia, visit the <a href="/Article?contentid=932&language=English">Hernia</a> article.<br></p><p>This page explains what to expect before and after the operation. It also explains how to take care of your child at home. Use this information to explain to your child what will happen, using words they can understand.</p> <figure><span class="asset-image-title"> Umbilical </span><span class="asset-image-title"></span><span class="asset-image-title">hernia</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Umbilical_hernia_MED_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="Intestine bulging through muscle wall opening in baby’s abdomen" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">This</figcaption><figcaption class="asset-image-caption"></figcaption><figcaption class="asset-image-caption"> is an opening in the muscle of the abdominal wall around the navel. Sometimes a small part of the intestines can bulge through this opening when a baby is crying or straining.</figcaption> </figure> <br><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A hernia is when tissue or bowel pushes through a gap in the muscles of the belly or groin. A hernia often looks like a bulge in the skin.</li> <li>Your child will need surgery (an operation) to fix the hernia. Your child can usually go home on the same day as the operation.</li> <li>Your child will need to take pain medicine for a few days.</li> <li>If your child's incision looks infected or your child has a fever, call the surgeon's office.</li> <li>If the incision bleeds a lot, press on it with a clean washcloth. If it does not stop, take your child to a doctor</li> </ul><h2>When to call the surgeon</h2> <p>The main concern with a hernia repair is infection. Call your child's surgeon's office if your child has any of these signs: fever above 38.5°C or 101°F that continues for two or more days, thick, yellow or green, foul smelling leakage from the wound, or active bleeding. </p> <p>If your child is bleeding a lot or you are worried, do not wait to get in touch with the surgeon. Take your child to a doctor or the emergency department right away. </p><h2>At the hospital</h2> <p>Usually, a hernia repair is a day surgery. This means that your child can go home on the same day as the operation.</p> <h3>You will need to take time off from work</h3> <p>Unless there are problems after the operation, your child will go home on the same day as the operation. So you will need to take at least one day off from work for the day of the operation. </p> <p>Usually children recover quickly after having a hernia repair. They may have to be home from school or daycare for several days to rest. They can return to normal activity as soon as they feel well enough. They can go swimming once the dressing covering on the wound has been removed. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <h3>Urology</h3> <p>Urology clinic: 416-813-6661</p> <p>If you have concerns at night or on the weekend, you can visit your local Emergency Room or the Hospital for Sick Children Emergency Department. If you have any questions, you may also contact your family physician or paediatrician.</p> <h3>General Surgery</h3> <p>General Surgery clinic: 416-813-7272.</p> <p>After hours, please call the general surgeon on call through Locating at 416-813-1500.</p>
Hernies : comment prendre soin de votre enfant après l'opération de réparationHHernies : comment prendre soin de votre enfant après l'opération de réparationHernia repair: Care for your child after the operationFrenchUrologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Small Intestine;Large Intestine/ColonSmall intestine;Large intestineNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-18T05:00:00ZCathy Daniels RN, (EC) NP-Paeds;Rishita Peterson RN, BScN, MN7.0000000000000070.00000000000001100.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>La présente page concerne la chirurgie pour réparer une hernie. Cette information indique aux parents ce à quoi ils doivent s’attendre si leur enfant subit une opération pour réparer une hernie.</p><h2>Qu’est-ce qu’une hernie?</h2><p>Une hernie se produit quand des tissus ou l’intestin sont poussés à travers les parois musculaires. Quand votre enfant présente une hernie, vous pouvez habituellement voir une enflure ou une bosse sous la peau. Cette bosse peut grossir après que votre enfant a pleuré ou forcé. La bosse rapetisse souvent durant la nuit, quand votre enfant est endormi ou calme.</p><p>Il existe divers types d’hernies :</p><ul><li>Une hernie ombilicale se manifeste dans le nombril ou à proximité. Normalement, une hernie ombilicale ne cause aucun problème.</li><li>Une hernie inguinale se manifeste près de l’aine, entre le ventre et la cuisse. Chez les garçons, on peut souvent voir une enflure du scrotum. Sans traitement, la hernie inguinale peut causer de graves problèmes.</li></ul><p>Votre enfant devra peut-être subir une opération de chirurgie pour corriger cette hernie. Un urologue ou un chirurgien généraliste opérera votre enfant.</p><p>Dans la présente page, on explique ce à quoi il faut s'attendre avant et après l'opération. On y explique aussi comment prendre soin de votre enfant à la maison. Vous pouvez utiliser ces renseignements pour expliquer à votre enfant ce qui va se passer en utilisant des mots qu'il peut comprendre. </p> <figure><span class="asset-image-title">Hernie ombilicale</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Umbilical_hernia_MED_ILL_FR.jpg" alt="Bombement de l’intestin à travers l’ouverture dans la paroi des abdominaux s’un bébé" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Il s'agit d'une ouverture dans le muscle de la paroi abdominale autour du nombril. Parfois, une petite partie des intestins peut saillir de cette ouverture lorsque le bébé pleure ou force.</figcaption></figure><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul> <li>Une hernie se manifeste quand du tissu ou des intestins poussent à travers les muscles du ventre ou de l’aine. Une hernie ressemble souvent à une bosse sous la peau.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra subir une opération de chirurgie ​pour corriger la hernie. Votre enfant pourra normalement retourner à la maison le jour même de l'intervention.</li> <li>Votre enfant devra prendre des médicaments contre la douleur pendant quelques jours.</li> <li>Si l’incision de votre enfant semble infectée ou s’il a de la fièvre, appelez le bureau du chirurgien.</li> <li>Si l’incision saigne abondamment, appuyez dessus avec un linge propre. Si le saignement ne cesse pas, emmenez votre enfant voir un médecin.</li> </ul><h2>Quand appeler le chirurgien</h2> <p>La principale préoccupation liée à la réparation d’une hernie est l’infection. Appelez le bureau du chirurgien si votre enfant présente l’un des signes suivants : fièvre supérieure à 38,5 °C ou 101 °F qui continue durant 2 jours ou plus; écoulement nauséabond épais, jaune ou vert de la plaie; saignement abondant. </p> <p>Si votre enfant saigne abondamment ou si vous vous inquiétez, n’attendez pas avant de communiquer avec le chirurgien. Emmenez votre enfant voir un médecin ou conduisez-le au service d'urgence le plus près immédiatement.</p><h2>À l’hôpital</h2> <p>Habituellement, la réparation d'une hernie est une chirurgie ambulatoire, ce qui veut dire que votre enfant pourra retourner à la maison le jour même de l'intervention.</p> <h3>Vous devrez vous absenter du travail</h3> <p>À moins qu’il y ait des problèmes après l’opération, votre enfant retournera à la maison le jour même de l’intervention. Vous devrez donc vous absenter au moins une journée du travail le jour de l’opération.</p> <p>Habituellement, les enfants récupèrent rapidement d'une réparation de hernie. Ils pourraient devoir s'absenter de l'école ou de la garderie durant plusieurs jours pour se reposer. Ils peuvent reprendre des activités normales dès qu’ils se sentent assez bien pour le faire. Ils peuvent faire de la natation une fois que le pansement qui recouvre la cicatrice est été enlevé.</p><h2>À l'hôpital SickKids</h2> <h3>Urologie</h3> <p>Clinique d’urologie : 416-813-6661</p> <p>Après les heures ouvrables, veuillez appeler l’urologue de garde au 416-813-1500.</p> <h3>Chirurgie générale</h3> <p>Clinique de chirurgie générale : 416-813-7272.</p> <p>Après les heures ouvrables, veuillez appeler le chirurgien général de garde au 416-813-1500.</p>

 

 

Hernia repair: Care for your child after the operation1207.00000000000Hernia repair: Care for your child after the operationHernia repair: Care for your child after the operationHEnglishUrologyChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Small Intestine;Large Intestine/ColonSmall intestine;Large intestineNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+)NA2011-01-18T05:00:00ZCathy Daniels RN, (EC) NP-Paeds;Rishita Peterson RN, BScN, MN1100.00000000000Health (A-Z) - ProcedureHealth A-Z<p>This page is about the surgery to repair a hernia. This information lets parents know what to expect if their child is having an operation to fix a hernia.</p><h2>What is a hernia?</h2><p>A hernia happens when tissue or bowel pushes through a gap in the muscle wall. When your child has a hernia, you can usually see a swelling or a bump under the skin. This bump may get bigger after your child cries or strains. The bump often gets smaller during the night, while your child is asleep or relaxed.</p><p>There are different types of hernia:</p><ul><li>An umbilical (say: um-BILL-ick-al) hernia happens at or near the belly button. Usually, an umbilical hernia does not cause any problems.</li><li>An inguinal (say: in-GWY-nal) hernia happens near the groin area, between the belly and the thigh. With boys, you can often see a swelling in the scrotum. If an inguinal hernia is not treated, it can cause serious problems.</li></ul><p>Your child may need surgery (an operation) to fix the hernia. A urologist or a general surgeon will operate on your child.</p><p>For more information about the causes, and the signs and symptoms of hernia, visit the <a href="/Article?contentid=932&language=English">Hernia</a> article.<br></p><p>This page explains what to expect before and after the operation. It also explains how to take care of your child at home. Use this information to explain to your child what will happen, using words they can understand.</p> <figure><span class="asset-image-title"> Umbilical </span><span class="asset-image-title"></span><span class="asset-image-title">hernia</span><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Umbilical_hernia_MED_ILL_EN.jpg" alt="Intestine bulging through muscle wall opening in baby’s abdomen" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">This</figcaption><figcaption class="asset-image-caption"></figcaption><figcaption class="asset-image-caption"> is an opening in the muscle of the abdominal wall around the navel. Sometimes a small part of the intestines can bulge through this opening when a baby is crying or straining.</figcaption> </figure> <br><h2>Key points</h2> <ul> <li>A hernia is when tissue or bowel pushes through a gap in the muscles of the belly or groin. A hernia often looks like a bulge in the skin.</li> <li>Your child will need surgery (an operation) to fix the hernia. Your child can usually go home on the same day as the operation.</li> <li>Your child will need to take pain medicine for a few days.</li> <li>If your child's incision looks infected or your child has a fever, call the surgeon's office.</li> <li>If the incision bleeds a lot, press on it with a clean washcloth. If it does not stop, take your child to a doctor</li> </ul><h2>Caring for your child at home after the operation</h2><h3>Care of the incision</h3><p>Your child will have stitches to close the incision (surgical cut). The stitches will be covered with either a small dressing or small pieces of tape, called steri-strips. </p><ul><li>The stitches will dissolve in several days.</li><li>You can soak the dressing off in the bathtub after 5 days.</li><li>Steri-strips will fall off on their own. If they have not fallen off 7 to 10 days after the operation, you can take them off.</li></ul><p>Always wash your hands before you touch or clean the incision area.</p><p>A small amount of blood staining the steri-strips is normal, as long as the blood is dry and not spreading. If it looks fresh (bright red) or it is spreading: </p><ul><li>Press on the area with a clean washcloth for five to six minutes.</li><li>If the bleeding does not stop, call your child's surgeon's office or take your child to a doctor.</li></ul><h3>Pain</h3><p>Your child will feel sore for two or three days. The surgeon will give you a prescription for <a href="/Article?contentid=194&language=English">morphine.</a> You can also give your child <a href="/Article?contentid=62&language=English">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="/Article?contentid=153&language=English">ibuprofen</a> as needed to relieve the pain. Your surgeon will explain when you can use these medicines. </p><p>If the pain gets worse, even after your child takes pain medicine, call the surgeon's office.</p><h3>Food and drink</h3><p>For the first 24 hours after the operation, your child may feel nauseated (sick to their stomach) or vomit (throw up). This is normal. Give your child clear liquids to drink after the operation, like water and apple juice. As soon as your child is feeling better, they can go back to eating what they normally eat. </p><p>If your child cannot eat what they normally eat at home, call your surgeon's office.</p><h3>Bathing</h3><p>Your child can shower or bathe normally, starting 48 hours (two days) after the operation.</p><h3>Activity</h3><p>Your child will be able to sit up, crawl or walk within a few hours after the operation.</p><p>At home, your child should rest for one or two days. After that, they can gradually go back to their normal activities at their own pace. </p><p>Depending on how your child feels, they should not do heavy lifting, ride a bicycle or play with toys that must be straddled for two to four weeks. </p><h2>Going back to day care or school</h2><p>Your child can go back to day care or school as soon as they feel well enough.</p><h2>When to call the surgeon</h2> <p>The main concern with a hernia repair is infection. Call your child's surgeon's office if your child has any of these signs: fever above 38.5°C or 101°F that continues for two or more days, thick, yellow or green, foul smelling leakage from the wound, or active bleeding. </p> <p>If your child is bleeding a lot or you are worried, do not wait to get in touch with the surgeon. Take your child to a doctor or the emergency department right away. </p><h2>What to expect in the future</h2><p>A hernia repair is a simple, routine procedure. There are usually no long-term problems. Possible problems are:</p><ul><li>the wound getting infected</li><li>the hernia coming back</li></ul><p>A hernia repair is not likely to cause problems with how your child grows and develops.</p><h2>At the hospital</h2> <p>Usually, a hernia repair is a day surgery. This means that your child can go home on the same day as the operation.</p> <h3>You will need to take time off from work</h3> <p>Unless there are problems after the operation, your child will go home on the same day as the operation. So you will need to take at least one day off from work for the day of the operation. </p> <p>Usually children recover quickly after having a hernia repair. They may have to be home from school or daycare for several days to rest. They can return to normal activity as soon as they feel well enough. They can go swimming once the dressing covering on the wound has been removed. </p><h2>At SickKids</h2> <h3>Urology</h3> <p>Urology clinic: 416-813-6661</p> <p>If you have concerns at night or on the weekend, you can visit your local Emergency Room or the Hospital for Sick Children Emergency Department. If you have any questions, you may also contact your family physician or paediatrician.</p> <h3>General Surgery</h3> <p>General Surgery clinic: 416-813-7272.</p> <p>After hours, please call the general surgeon on call through Locating at 416-813-1500.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/Umbilical_hernia_MED_ILL_EN.jpgHernia repair: Care for your child after the operationFalse

Thank you to our sponsors

AboutKidsHealth is proud to partner with the following sponsors as they support our mission to improve the health and wellbeing of children in Canada and around the world by making accessible health care information available via the internet.