How long will my child be in the hospital after surgery?

 If your child is having an outpatient procedure, he or she will probably be in and out of the hospital in the same day.

For inpatient procedures, the length of stay varies, depending on the procedure and your child's rate of recovery. If your child has major abdominal or thoracic  surgery, he/she will probably be in the hospital for five to seven days. If the doctors' and nurses' postoperative instructions are followed closely, the child will  likely be able to return home sooner.

Length of stay often varies from child to child, and depends upon the exact procedure performed.