Preparing for Surgery
- Your child’s bowel may need to be cleared of stool before the surgery. Your doctor will give you bowel clean-out instructions for your child.
- The nurse will call you 48 hours (2 days) prior to the surgery date. They will discuss:
- Rules about eating and drinking to prepare for surgery
- When you need to arrive at the hospital
- Talk with the doctor if your child takes any medicine. Do not give your child any medicine on the morning of surgery unless your child’s doctor tells you to.
- On the day of surgery, your child will have an exam by the health care team to make sure your child is ready for surgery.
The surgery takes about two hours. Your child will be asleep during this time. The doctor will take the appendix and attach it to the skin at the belly button. This makes a passage way between the bowel and the outside of the belly. A one-way valve is made out of your child’s own tissue. This helps to keep stool from coming out of the small opening made in the belly.
- Your child will stay in the hospital for about two days after surgery. Your child’s nurse will show you how to give the enema through the Malone before you leave the hospital.
- The Malone tube will stay inside the belly button for one month after surgery to allow for healing.
- During this time, some drainage from the belly button is normal.
- Your child’s nurse will show you how to give the enema through the Malone before you go home.
- Your child must not do any heavy physical activity (such as: gym class, sports) for one month after surgery.
To Prepare for your Post-Op Appointment
- You will need to come back for a clinic visit one month after surgery to have the Malone tube taken out.
- During this visit, the doctor will teach you and/or your child how to put the tube back in, on your own, when you need to do the bowel flushes.
- An ACE Stopper will be put into the Malone opening. The purpose of the ACE Stopper is to keep the opening from getting narrow and/or to keep it from leaking. This stopper must be worn for six (6) months at night time during sleep. It can be taken out during the day.
When to Call the Doctor
Call your child’s doctor if:
- You are having trouble putting the tube into the Malone.
- If there is a change in leakage of fluid from the Malone.
- Leaking still happens after you take out the Malone tube.
- Your child is having stool accidents between Malone flushes.
- Fever (temp over 100.4F).
Call the Colorectal Center at 513-636-3240 if you notice any of these issues or if you have any questions or concerns.