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child has had surgery for a hernia?<br><br>
DD, who'll be 3 in August, has a hernia right above her navel. We noticed it just as she turned one. It's about the size, or a bit smaller than, a quarter. Her ped now says that it will need surgery and that it's up to us when. He told us that last summer. After discussing it with dh, we've decided to not have the surgery till she's at least 4.<br><br>
After reading online, I'm conflicted...<br><br>
Some say that they will go away around 4-5??? Or am I just looking at the wrong type?<br><br>
Do all umbilical hernias appear at or near birth? I'm *not * sure the doc said it was an umbilical hernia.<br><br>
If your child had the surgery, what was it like? The recovery was??? I'm worried about the gen anesthesia & the recovery. How do you keep a 4-5 year old from opening that back up?<br><br>
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I'm not sure how much help I can be. Ds had a testiclular sp? hernia at age 2. It was present at around 7 months and we watched it for quite awhile. His ped. said it could just go away on its own. One day he swelled and complained. We took him to Childrens Hospital in St. Louis and were told he need surgery. They scheduled it for the next morning.<br><br>
Overall the experience was good. The total procedure took about 30 min. Ds handled everything very well except for being very disoriented coming out of anes. and vomiting once. A nurse held him in a rocker as he woke to keep him calm. We took him home later that afternoon and he reacted poorly to the pain med. given. He was out of control until he just feel asleep. After that we only gave Motrin and he seemed to have very little discomfort. He never bothered the site and they covered it with a clear, flat bandage. It was amazing how fast he healed.<br><br>
I hope others can give you more info. I had very little time to research before Ds had his, other than check an the surgeon.<br><br>
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Thank you for responding!<br><br>
I'm so glad to hear it was quick and that the wound healed quickly.<br><br>
The pain med & anesthesia are kind of scary. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 
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