Children’s and Young People’s Surgical Day Unit
It is normal for children and young people to be a bit sore after an operation. Please read the “Managing Pain after an Operation” leaflet. It contains lots of useful advice about how to help make your child feel more comfortable.
We advise giving pain relief such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen regularly for the first two days after surgery, please follow the doses on your bottle and do not give more doses than stated. As your child starts to feel better you can reduce giving pain medication to “as required”.
If your child has a lot of pain and pain relief does not help, please contact the hospital for advice on the contact numbers below.
Bruising and swelling may occur around the operation sites (groin and scrotum).
Keep the wound clean and dry for 2 full days after surgery (for example; operation Tuesday afternoon – first shower or bath Friday).
Waterproof glue may be used to help close the wound, this can have a purple colour which will wash off. Steri-strips (thin plasters) can also be used to help close the wound. The surgeon will decide which one will be used for the best interests for your child.
If your child is still in nappies, ensure the nappy area is cleaned frequently.
If the wound shows any sign of infection, for example the area around the wound becomes increasingly red, your child gets persistent temperatures or the wound opens up or discharges, please see your GP. You can also contact the hospital for advice.
School or nursery and activities
- We advise 5 days off school depending on how your child feels.
- Encourage your child to walk around from the start.
- Your child can go swimming at 2 weeks.
- Your child can commence PE and play on sit on toys at 4 weeks.
- Cycling and very active sports can commence at 6 weeks, for example football matches, swimming training, karate.
A face to face follow up appointment occurs at 6 months to ensure the operation has been successful. The operating consultant surgeon may alter this time depending on operation findings. Please attend this appointment.
Who can I contact for advice?
If you are concerned in any way about your child, please contact us for advice.
- Childrens surgical day unit
Telephone: 01642 854927
Monday to Friday, 7.30am until 19.00pm
Email: [email protected]
- Ward 22
Telephone: 01642 854522 (24 hours)
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This service is based at The James Cook University Hospital but also covers the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, our community hospitals and community health services.