What to Expect
We involve you in all decisions about your child’s treatment and carefully explain our recommendations. If you and your surgeon decide surgery is the best option, we make sure you understand what will take place, how to prepare, and what to expect for your child's recovery in the hospital and at home.
Pre-Op Anesthesia Consultation
A pre-op conversation or in-person meeting with a pediatric anesthesiologist or certified nurse anesthetist will give you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns you have about the use of anesthesia during your child’s procedure. The anesthesiologists make every attempt to put your child at ease. They are also on hand when children need imaging or testing, such as an MRI, that requires general anesthesia.
If your baby is diagnosed with a condition before birth, we work with you, your obstetrician, your perinatologist, and your baby’s neonatologist to coordinate your child’s care and timing of surgery.
Day of Surgery
On the day of your child's surgery, you will have the opportunity to speak with the surgeon and ask any questions before the surgery. You can receive updates about your child’s procedure in our surgical waiting area. Your child’s surgeon will look for you there following the surgery to explain the results.
While some children are able to return home the same day, others may need to recover on the pediatric floor of the hospital, or in one of our child-specific intensive care units. Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (PCICU), and pediatric progressive care unit are equipped with advanced technology to meet the needs of children who have serious illnesses or injuries. Critical care specialists and a dedicated team of specially trained critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals staff these units 24 hours a day, every day of the year.