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Meckel’s Diverticulum


A Meckel’s diverticulum is a remnant of the umbilical cord connection to the small intestine. When it becomes symptomatic (pain, bleeding, vomiting or obstipation), it needs excision. There is a risk of infection, intestinal obstruction, perforation and death.

Operation under general anaesthesia:

Through keyhole incisions, the Meckel’s is dissected free and brought out of the abdomen. When there is pus or perforation, a washout is performed laparoscopically. The incision may need to be extended to remove the Meckel’s safely. Intestinal resection and anastomosis is performed. An appendicectomy is performed unless contraindicated.

Post-operative wound care:

Your baby or child may need intravenous cannulation, indwelling urinary catheter, nasogastric tube and abdominal drain. Please contact us if there is wound swelling, redness or discharge. It is important to avoid exercise and swimming for 4 weeks to allow the wound to have good healing and strength.

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Dr Wong Zeng Hao
Dr Wong Zeng Hao

Paediatric Surgery & Urology International

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