- Your child will be in the hospital for several days after surgery.
- They will likely have mild pain from the incision. A plan will be made to help with their comfort.
- Your child may have a special tube to drain urine (pee) from the bladder for a few days after surgery.
- We will teach you how to care for your child’s incision.
Two (2) to four (4) weeks after surgery, anal dilations
will be started. This will keep the anus from getting narrow as it heals. Here are some things you need to know about this:
- A dilator (medical rod) is used to help keep your child’s new anus from getting narrow.
- It is crucial for the family to follow the plan given to them.
- The surgeon will do the first dilator.
- The surgeon or nurse will teach you how to do the dilations. You will do these once in the morning and once in the evening.
- They are done two times each day – one time in the morning and one time in the evening, but make sure you follow the dilation plan given to you.
- If the dilation plan is not done right, your child may need more surgery
If your child has a colostomy, it can be closed by surgery about 8-12 weeks after PSARP.