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Before Surgery

  • What to Do if Your Child Needs Surgery

    If having surgery makes you nervous, imagine how it can seem for a child. By helping the youngster anticipate and face those fears, you can ease the trauma and smooth the way for a quicker, easier recovery.

  • Easing a Child’s Fears and Anxieties About Medical Procedures

    Before your child undergoes any medical treatment, it is critical for you to have a full understanding of the diagnosis, procedure and options available. This will help you manage the fears and anxieties your child may feel.

  • Types of Surgery for Children

    Surgery can be classified as major or minor, depending on the seriousness of the illness, the parts of the body affected, the complexity of the operation, and the expected recovery time.

  • Methods of Surgery for Children

    Minimally invasive surgery is often used today. It allows the child to recuperate faster and with less pain.

  • The Hospital Setting

    Many surgeries performed on children are done as an outpatient. With minor surgeries, your child will return to the outpatient surgery center after spending the required time in the recovery room.

  • Preoperative Visit with the Surgeon

    This is the time to ask questions: What are the expected results? What are the possible risks and complications? How long will the surgery take?

  • Hospital Visit / Preoperative Clinic

    Touring the hospital before surgery can help your child see the sights, sounds, and events he or she will experience the day of surgery. It is a non-threatening, often reassuring, way to learn about the hospital.

  • Blood Transfusions in Children

    If your child's doctor decides that your child needs blood or blood products, he or she will explain the reasons for the transfusion.

  • Latex Allergy in Children

    Some children develop an allergy to latex. Symptoms include watery or itchy eyes, wheezing, skin rash, and itching of the skin.

  • Informed Consent

    You will be asked to sign an informed consent form which states in detail that you understand the risks and benefits of your child's surgery.

  • CT Abdominal Scans in Children

    A CT abdominal scan is a type of medical exam that uses X-ray equipment and a computer to make many cross-sectional images of the abdomen.

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