Both before and after surgery, your child will have a team of specialists, like urologists, gynecologists and gastroenterologists, to plan and provide their care. As your child recovers from surgery, the team will continue working together to understand and meet your child’s needs – not only in the early days and weeks, but also as your child gets older.
After surgery and dilation, most children develop good bowel control. But most will have some bowel problems – like constipation or fecal incontinence (“accidents”) – off and on throughout their lives. Ongoing care from an expert team can help with these problems.
Monitoring your child: Infant to college age
Our goal is to follow your child until they reach college age to help ensure they are healthy and living to their full potential. The Reconstructive Pelvic Medicine (RPM) team at Seattle Children’s works to monitor and treat problems related to imperforate anus in babies, children, teens and young adults even after surgery.
Your child will need to come back for follow-up visits on a regular basis to check their health. If your child is doing well, these visits may happen only once a year. If your child is having any bowel or other problems, we may see them more often for a while to provide treatment.