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General surgical procedure


Day of admission

Your child is having a surgical procedure. Take the time to read the following information and please ask the nurses or your doctor if you have any questions.

How long will it take?

Most minor surgical operations take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. This includes the anaesthetic, the operation and the time spent in the recovery room. Your child will be required to stay in the Day Unit for approximately two hours following surgery.

When can my child eat and drink again?

If your child is awake on return to the ward, they can have clear fluids and a light diet. Breast and bottle fed babies can resume normal feeding.

Care at home

Pain relief

Have some paracetamol at home. It can be given as per the instructions on the product packaging for the first three to five days after the operation to relieve discomfort. Give other pain relief medicine if advised.

Do not give asprin.

Diet and fluids

Your child may eat and drink normally.


It is not uncommon for children to vomit on the night of the operation. If your child is vomiting, give sips of clear fluids, try a piece of dry toast or a cracker biscuit and increase the amounts as tolerated until the

vomiting settles. If vomiting continues after 24 hours seek medical advice.


Remove dressing as advised.

Swimming is allowed as advised.

Points to remember

  • Minor surgery usually requires admission for the day only.
  • Vigorous play or contact sport should be avoided as advised.
  • Your child may return to school after days if feeling well or as advised by your doctor.
  • Take child to your GP or go to your closest hospital that treats children if there is excess vomiting, persistent high temperatures or excessive pain not relieved by paracetamol or if you have concerns about the operation site.

Please note: This is general guide only, please follow your doctor’s specific instructions regarding return to school, sport and wound care.

Follow up visit

An appointment will be either given to you when your child is discharged or posted out to you.

Emergency contact

To ensure your child receives the best possible care in an emergency, you should call 000 or go to your closest hospital that treats children.

If you have any concerns or questions please contact your doctor.

Mater Children’s Private Brisbane

Salmon Building,

Raymond Terrace,

South Brisbane QLD 4101

Telephone: 07 3163 8111



Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-470016
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 08/4/2015
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