Hirschsprung disease

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What should I expect after having the "pull-through" procedure for Hirschsprung Disease?

The "pull-through" procedure for Hirschsprung disease involves removing the part of the colon (the last part of the digestive system that transports digested food and liquid from the small intestine to the rectum), that does not have nerves and reconnecting it to the healthy part to the rectum that does have nerves. People that have had this procedure will have to learn how to use their rectum. During this time, it is common to have leakage. They also may have diarrhea after surgery, but the stool should become harder. Younger children may get diaper rash. Speak with your or your child's physician or surgeon to learn about what to expect after surgery.

"Hirschsprung Disease" National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Jul. 2013. http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/digestive-diseases/hirschsprung-disease/Pages/ez.aspx

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