In an effort to help educate our patients about the realities of injury to their children, as well as clarify which type of pediatric surgeries
we perform, we thought we would provide some insight to our services and what we treat. One surgery we perform here at our pediatric clinic is for epigastric hernia. If you’re not familiar with what an epigastric hernia is, put more simply, it’s a hernia in the abdomen.
How Did My Child Get a Hernia?
A hernia occurs when fat pushes its way through a weak spot in the abdomen wall. It typically forms in the groin, or in the umbilical area where the belly button is located. When this happens, a bulge is created under the skin.If your child has a hernia you can typically see the bulge. But for the most part, hernias do not have symptoms other than pain.
Is A pediatric Surgery Really Necessary?
When epigastric hernias occur in children, they don’t get better on their own. Surgery is highly recommended so that the issue doesn’t get worse.
What Happens In Surgery?
The first step is surgery preparation, this occurs at home. It’s important to follow the directions that are given to you by your pediatric surgeon so that your child is ready for their surgery. On the day of the surgery, you’ll meet with an anesthesiologist to administer pain medications and fluids. Once surgery begins, your pediatric surgeon will make an incision just above the hernia and push the fat back into
place, and then remove the hernia. The abdomen will then be closed with stitches.
Is This An Outpatient Procedure?
Our Epigastric Hernia surgery is generally an outpatient procedure. We recommend keeping your child somewhat active while they’re healing, but rough housing and strenuous activity are not recommended. If you happen to notice bruising don’t worry, this is normal.
What Are The Associated Risks and Complications?
For the most part, Epigastric Hernia surgery is safe. But some of the most common complications that are associated with this surgery are bleeding, infection, recurrence of hernia, damage to tissue surrounding the area, and a risk for bad reactions to anesthesia.
What Should I Look For?
Once your child is home and healing from surgery, we recommend paying close attention to swelling and bruising. If it appears to be excessive, please don’t hesitate to call us. We also recommend watching their temperature, the drainage of the incision, and if there is any nausea that your child is experiencing. Increasing pain is also a bad sign, so it’s important to watch your child diligently during this healing process.
Is There Anything Else I Should Know?
The thought of your child going under the knife can be extremely scary as a parent. However, it’s important that you remain calm in all situations regarding your child’s health and recovery. Not only will it help them to cope better, but it will help us. We ask that you place your trust in us, as we care about your child’s well being an immense amount. We are experts in pediatric surgery and have a very high success rate with this type of surgical procedure.
If you notice that your child has an epigastric hernia, be sure to contact our pediatric center and we’ll examine your child, and schedule a surgery.
For further questions, feel free to contact us at any time and we would be happy to assist you.