WHILE YOU ARE STILL AT THE HOSPITAL
- Following surgery, your son will been encouraged to drink liquids when he is fully awake.
- He will be discharged home from the hospital when he is tolerating the fluids without vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are common reactions to the anesthesia and occur for 24 hours.
- Do not worry if you see a little blood spotting on the bandage for 24-28 hours.
UPON YOUR ARRIVAL AT HOME
- You may feed your child juices, Jello and clear broth for the first post-operative day/evening.
- A regular diet may be resumed the next morning.
- Avoid constipation with a diet high in fruits, fiber, vegetables and water.
Dressing and wound care
The small bandage strips (and sometimes a clear plastic bandage) covering the wound will peel off with time or will be removed at the postoperative visit. Once they have fallen off, there is no need to cover the wound with a new bandage. The incision line can be hard to the touch and will bulge at different times, this is normal.
- You may give your son Tylenol (acetaminophen) for any pain or discomfort.
- For severe pain your doctor may have prescribed Tylenol with codeine.
- If your son has a temperature below 102 F give Tylenol as directed.
- For a temperature of 102 F or higher give Tylenol and please notify the doctor.
Vomiting may occur the night after the surgery. This is often related to the anesthetic. If it lasts for more than 1 day, please call. Redness and/or discharge around the incision are signs of a wound infection. This is very rare. Call for any concern. Discomfort is to be expected, but should subside over a few days.
- AVOID any vigorous activity including gym class, bicycle riding, or wrestling with siblings or friends.
- Your son may walk up and down stairs and ride in the car.
- Your son should remain out of school until he feels comfortable.
- Elevating the scrotum with and athletic support, a jock strap, or brief underwear may provide added comfort.
Post-Operative Office Visits
Your child should be seen for a post-operative visit in 7-10 days unless otherwise directed by your surgeon. Please schedule an appointment by calling our nurse to set up.
In Case Of Emergency
Please contact our office at 713-795-5160.