How is postoperative pain managed following appendectomy to treat pediatric appendicitis?

Updated: Oct 25, 2018
  • Author: Adam C Alder, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Patients who have undergone an appendectomy should be prescribed pain medication upon discharge. Liquid acetaminophen usually suffices in smaller children, with liquid acetaminophen plus codeine or hydrocodone administered for breakthrough pain. The same medication combination in a tablet form can be used in older patients, assuming they are able to swallow the tablets.

Patients who received inpatient narcotics or who are discharged on outpatient narcotics should be cautioned about the possibility of becoming constipated. These patients may need prescribed stool softeners.


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