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Pre-Op Info >> Infant to 5 years of Age: Inguinal Hernia & Umbilical Hernia Repair

Infant to 5 years of Age: Inguinal Hernia & Umbilical Hernia Repair

Posted On: 2011-12-19

*Be sure to read your discharge papers for more detailed information!  


  • Resume normal pre-operative diet after effects of anesthesia are gone and child appears hungry.


  • Resume any regular medications after effects of anesthesia are gone.
  • If needed, a prescription for pain medicine will be provided. 


  • Very young children may be fussy and want to be held most of the time for the first 24-36 hours.
  • Older children may be fairly quiet for the first 24 hours and then be playful.
  • May be up and walking, but limit to quiet activities (indoor play is preferable).
  • Avoid rough play, tricycle/bicycle riding until the doctor OK’s. 


  • If a dressing is in place, leave for 2 days unless it becomes soiled or wet.
  • If a plastic protective dressing is used, leave in place for one week.
  • Child may shower or sponge bathe in 2 days.
  • Do not allow to sit or soak in tub.
  • Call the office for follow-up appointments(s) as instructed. 


  • Minimal to moderate pain controlled by oral pain medication.
  • Minimal swelling and redness.
  • Little or no drainage. 


  • Excessive bleeding or drainage occurs.
  • Excessive swelling or redness at wound site.
  • Temperature over 101 degrees.
  • Unusual pain, nausea and/or vomiting.

IF OFFICE IS CLOSED and an EMERGENCY arises, please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department.  

 A MISA surgeon can be reached by calling the office answering service at (309) 677-6019


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