What to Expect the Day of Your Child’s Surgery
We understand that surgery can be a stressful event for both you and your child so we have provided the following information to help you feel more at ease during your child’s time with us.
The first thing you will do upon arriving at the surgery center is check in with our receptionist. Please give her the completed forms you were given at your preoperative appointment. If you did not receive these forms you may print them from this website now. (See Patient Forms Section) When it is time to prepare your child for surgery, the pre-op nurse will call you and your child into the admitting area.
In Admitting your child will be weighed, have his or her temperature and other vital signs taken and will put on a “special gown.” Your doctor and the anesthesiologist will speak with you at the bedside before your child is taken back to the Operating Room (OR). Make sure to ask them any questions you may have at this time. In Admitting, you will also meet your child’s OR nurse. She will ask you some routine questions, such as, “Does your child have any allergies to medication?” and “When the last time was your child had anything to eat or drink?” In most cases, if you child is under 12 y/o and the procedure requires an IV, it will be started in the OR after he or she is asleep.
When it is time for your child’s procedure to start, the OR nurse will bring him or her into the OR. From that time on she will stay with your child until the surgery is completed and he or she is in the recovery room. It is important that a parent stays in the reception area during the entire operation.
Your child’s surgeon will come out and speak with you as soon as the surgery is over. During that time the anesthesiologist and OR nurse are caring for your child. They will take your child to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) to continue waking up from anesthesia and begin the recovery period.
Be assured, the PACU nurses are specially trained in easing any discomfort your child may experience postoperatively and will reunite you with your child as soon possible. Once your child is settled in the recovery room you will be escorted to his or her bedside. For safety reasons only one adult will be allowed in the PACU.
Towards the end of your child’s stay in the PACU, the nurse will go over detailed home care instructions for you to follow. Your child will not be discharged until you are comfortable with these instructions and his or her physical condition.
Special Instructions for the Day of Surgery
You may bring a comfort item for your child such as a favorite blanket, pacifier, or stuffed animal. It can be taken into the OR with your child.
Moms and Dads – Don’t forget to take care of yourselves. Try to get a good night’s sleep and eat something in the morning. A calm and supportive parent is the best medication your child can receive.