After surgery, the patient will be in an intensive care unit. A number of systems are used to monitor the patient's heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, temperature, and breathing rate. Monitoring is gradually discontinued as the person recovers. The patient will be expected to be in the hospital about one week.
Before leaving the hospital, the family will be instructed on how to care for their child at home. This includes information on medications, caring for the incision, and activity limitations. Within a few weeks, the child should fully recover and be able to take part in normal activities. After successful surgery, children generally do not have any symptoms and lead normal lives.
Let the doctor know if the patient develops problems, such as:
- Bleeding or swelling at the incision site
- Signs of infection such as redness, drainage, or fever
- Chest pain or shortness of breath