- If your child has a colostomy, they may not have to stay overnight in the hospital after surgery.
- If your child does not have a colostomy, your child will likely stay in the hospital for several days.
- Your child will likely have mild pain. They will be given pain medicine to help with their comfort.
- Your child may have antibiotic ointment put on the incision for a few days after surgery. The team will teach you how to care for the incision before your child goes home.
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.
- They are done two times each day – one time in the morning and one time in the evening, but make sure to 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 prolapse repair surgery.