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What is recovery like for a child after an appendectomy?

Children recover remarkably well after an appendectomy if the appendix has not burst. Most children are ready to go home on the same day as surgery with only a 2 percent chance of developing an infection. However, if the appendix has burst, the post-operative course is much different due to several factors. First, when infection spills in the abdomen, the intestines get irritated and temporarily stop working. Therefore, children with a burst appendix are not immediately able to eat or drink until the infection clears. In order for the infection to clear children usually require intravenous antibiotics. This takes on average three to five days at which time they can be switched to antibiotic pills or liquid and go home. However, in 20 percent of cases of burst appendix, the infection persists which can require additional procedures and an extended course of intravenous antibiotics.

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