Your child will be admitted to the hospital after having surgery. He or she will be in a body cast from the nipple line to the toes, or have long leg casts on each leg, possibly with a bar between the legs that will spread the legs apart. The cast will stay on about three to six weeks.
Swelling and bruising in the groin, or private area, is common after this surgery. It may last for one to two weeks, and may be relieved by frequently changing position and putting ice packs to the groin. Your child may also have muscle spasms for several days.
Prescriptions for pain medicine, and medicine to help relax your child's muscles, will be available when you are ready to take your child home.
It is important to keep the groin incisions as clean and dry as possible. Refer to Hip Spica Cast Care for appropriate diapering / care to prevent soiling of the cast.