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  • Blood Transfusions in Children

    Blood Transfusions in Children Why are blood transfusions performed? There are several different components of the blood that can be transfused. Red blood cells are the most common type of transfusio...

  • Discharge from the Hospital

    Discharge from the Hospital When will my child be discharged? If your child is having minor surgery, he or she may be discharged home a few hours after the procedure. Your child's healthcare team wil...

  • Discomforts and Complications After Surgery

    Discomforts and Complications After Surgery What are some common postoperative discomforts? The amount of discomfort following surgery depends on the type of surgery performed. Some typical discomfor...

  • Glossary - The Child Having Surgery

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  • Home Page - The Child Having Surgery

    Topic Index Surgical Overview Preoperative Management Preparing a Child for Surgery Surgery and the Breastfeeding Infant The Day of Surgery Intraoperative Care Postoperative Care Glossary Surgery, as...

  • Hospital Visit / Preoperative Clinic

    Hospital Visit/Preoperative Clinic Can my child visit the hospital before surgery? You may request for you and your child to visit and tour the facility prior to surgery. Touring the hospital before ...

  • Informed Consent

    Informed Consent What is an informed consent form? Prior to surgery, your child's physician will give you a careful explanation of what procedure will be performed and the risks involved. You will be...

  • Intensive Care

    Intensive Care What is intensive care following surgery? Children who require close or specialized monitoring after surgery will spend time in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) or neonatal int...

  • Intraoperative Care for Children

    Intraoperative Care for Children Intraoperative care lasts from the time your child enters the operating room to when the surgery is complete and your child goes to the recovery room. During most of ...

  • Latex Allergy in Children

    Latex Allergy in Children What is a latex allergy? Natural rubber latex, a milky fluid found in rubber trees, has a contaminating protein in the rubber that causes allergic reactions, not with the ru...

  • Methods of Surgery for Children

    Methods of Surgery for Children What are the different methods of surgery? With technical advances today, surgery does not necessarily mean large incisions, as in the past. Depending on the type of s...

  • Online Resources - The Child Having Surgery

    Online Resources - The Child Having Surgery This Web page was compiled from a variety of sources including the online resources listed below, but is not intended to substitute or replace the professi...

  • Pain Control

    Pain Control Will my child be in pain after surgery? After surgery, there may be physical causes of pain, but the sensation of pain also depends on complex mental and emotional factors. Determining t...

  • Play Therapy

    Play Therapy What is play therapy? Play therapy is used to help meet the emotional needs of children who have an illness or surgery that requires hospitalization. Being in the hospital is stressful f...

  • Postoperative Care

    Postoperative Care Postoperative care lasts from the time your child enters the recovery room until discharge from the hospital. The length of this phase depends on the type of surgery and your child...

  • Preoperative Management for Children

    Preoperative Management for Children Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding preoperative management for your child having surgery, for which we have provided a brief o...

  • Preoperative Visit with the Surgeon

    Preoperative Visit with the Surgeon Caring for your child when surgery is not planned in advance If your child requires emergency surgery, there is limited time to prepare yourself and your child. Th...

  • Preparing a Child for Surgery

    Preparing a Child for Surgery Being in the hospital can be upsetting for your child, as well as for the whole family. Recognizing the common fears that your child has at each stage of growth and deve...

  • Preparing Siblings for Surgery

    Preparing Siblings for Surgery Preparing siblings when a brother or sister is having surgery When your child goes to the hospital, brothers and sisters may feel afraid, worried, or confused. They are...

  • Preparing the Infant for Surgery

    Preparing the Infant for Surgery What part about surgery is most stressful for an infant? Infants are too young to benefit from preoperative planning, education, and explanations. However, recognizin...

  • Preparing the Preschooler for Surgery

    Preparing the Preschooler for Surgery What part about surgery is most stressful for a preschool child? Preschool-aged children can certainly benefit from preoperative planning, education, and explana...

  • Preparing the School-Aged Child for Surgery

    Preparing the School-Aged Child for Surgery What part about surgery is most stressful for a school-aged child? School-aged children can benefit from preoperative planning, education, and explanations...

  • Preparing the Teenager for Surgery

    Preparing the Teenager for Surgery What part about surgery is most stressful for a teenager? Adolescents like to be active participants in deciding what happens to them, including the kind of care th...

  • Preparing the Toddler for Surgery

    Preparing the Toddler for Surgery What part about surgery is most stressful for a toddler? Toddlers can certainly benefit from preoperative planning, education, and explanations. This preparation sho...

  • Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

    Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Where will my child recover from surgery? Once surgery has been completed, your child will be brought to the recovery room, also called the post-anesthesia car...

  • Surgery and the Breastfeeding Infant

    Surgery and the Breastfeeding Infant Will my baby be able to continue breastfeeding following surgery? When a baby is having surgery, it can be a frightening experience for the parents and the child....

  • Surgical Overview

    Surgical Overview When preparing your child for surgery, there is a great deal to consider prior to the procedure. Listed in the directory below is some additional information regarding preparing you...

  • The Day of Surgery

    The Day of Surgery What should I expect the day of surgery? It is extremely important that you have followed all of the instructions that were given to you by your child's surgeon during the preopera...

  • The Hospital Setting

    The Hospital Setting Where will my child have surgery? Your child most likely has been referred by your pediatrician to a pediatric surgeon, or other specialist that has special training to care for ...

  • The Operating Room

    The Operating Room What is the operating room like? The operating room can be a intimidating place, with unfamiliar equipment and people dressed in strange outfits. If your child visits the hospital ...

  • The Surgical Team for Children

    The Surgical Team for Children When a child undergoes surgery, a team of medical staff assists the surgeon in the procedure. The number of team members differs depending on the type of surgery perfor...

  • Topic Index - The Child Having Surgery

    Topic Index - The Child Having Surgery The Child Having Surgery Home Surgical Overview Types of Surgery Methods of Surgery The Hospital Setting Preoperative Management Preoperative Visit with the Sur...

  • Types of Anesthesia

    Types of Anesthesia What is anesthesia? During surgery, your child will be given some form of anesthesia--medication administered for the relief of pain and sensation during surgery. The type and dos...

  • Types of Surgery for Children

    Types of Surgery for Children What is surgical diagnosis? You and your child's physician will discuss surgery as a way to correct your child's health problem. This decision will be based on careful e...