While there is no definitive way to predict which children will require additional surgeries, common reasons are hernia repairs, atresias, and blockages as noted in the FAQs above. Although rare, there is a risk of transplant surgery especially for those with Short Bowel Syndrome65.

When making a decision to have surgery in a non-emergency situation, consider reviewing US News and World Report’s “Top Ranked Pediatric Hospitals for Gastroenterology & GI Surgery” to assist with making an informed decision66.

65. http://transplant.surgery.ucsf.edu/conditions–procedures/short-bowel-syndrome.aspx

66. http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/pediatric-rankings/gastroenterology-and-gi-surgery