A TAP may be done as a one-time injection, or a catheter (small plastic tube) may be left in place to give the medicine for several days.
This procedure may be done in the office or in the operating room (OR). If done in the OR, your child will be asleep during the procedure. You will get instructions on when your child needs to stop eating and drinking before the procedure and also when to arrive.
If done in the office, your child will be awake during the procedure.
Here is what will happen during a TAP:
- The belly area is cleaned with a special soap.
- An ultrasound machine will help find the right place to inject the medicine.
- The medicine is injected through a needle. You may get medicine on both sides of your abdomen.
- After getting the medicine, you can sit up and can go home shortly afterwards.