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General Post-Operative Care

The following information is generalized and may not cover everything that you need to know for your child's aftercare. For more information please refer to the section specific to your child's disorder and treatment; and review any information our staff may have given you.

Call our office if you have any questions once you have taken your child home. Reasons to call urgently are persistent bleeding, worsening pain, fever, vomiting, or a red, tender, draining incision. Our 24 hour number is 415-476-2538.

Post Operative Visit

A visit to our office is not always required, especially if your child is doing well after the operation. Ask the surgeon or nurse practitioner if a visit is necessary. If one is not, our nurse practitioner will call you post-operatively to check on your child's recovery.

Activity Restrictions

Generally, there are few postoperative restrictions and your child may do any activity that does not cause pain or discomfort. The surgeon will advise you of any specific activity restrictions.

School Notes

If your child requires a note from our office, please notify us at least 2 (two) days in advance.

Incision Care & Healing

Dressings and Bathing

You may remove the gauze and clear plastic dressing 2 days after surgery and let your child bathe or shower. There will be white strips of tape over the incision called Steristrips®. These are to be left alone until they fall off.

One Month Later

About 4 weeks after the operation you and your child may notice a firm lump directly under the incision. This is called a healing ridge. It is a normal finding and is an indication that the body is healing. This lump will soften and disappear in several months. In many children, the dissolvable sutures that were used under the skin, may come up through the incision. This is not dangerous. It usually occurs about one month after the operation and maybe associated with redness, drainage and an opening of a portion of the incision. This is not an infection, is not painful and will heal in several days. We recommend this area be cleaned regularly with soap and water. If you have questions or concerns, please call our office to discuss them with our nurse practitioner.

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