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Surgery can be frightening for children and parents. Preparing your child for surgery can make the experience more manageable. Here are some suggestions to prepare yourself and your child for the surgery:
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Before surgery, the anesthesiologist will come visit you and your child. They will determine the best option for providing your child with anesthesia. The decision will be based on a variety of factors that may include age, size, health and family history. There are two different ways the medicine may be administered:
Sometimes it may be helpful for a parent to accompany their child into the operating room. The anesthesiologist will use his or her best judgment as to whether or not it is appropriate or safe for a parent to be present in the operating room for the induction of anesthesia.
If you need to leave the waiting room at any time, please let the waiting room staff know where you will be. At the end of surgery, your doctor will join you to discuss the surgery and your child’s condition. Your child will be moved to the recovery room to begin waking up.
Following surgery, parents/guardians are invited into the recovery room once your child is awake and stable. Only two parents/guardians are allowed in this area for the safety of your child. The nurses will closely monitor your child as he or she wakes up. Every child is different; some wake up quickly, while others can take awhile.