Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and helpful during a medical examination. Pediatric surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric surgeons use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children. Most pediatric surgical offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys, videos, and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child.
If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a pediatric surgeon, you can be assured that he or she has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and complete training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating surgical disorders.
At the hospital, a member of your child’s care team will make sure that they’ve followed pre-surgery guidelines. They’ll also do a brief exam for a cold, the flu, or any unexpected medical issues.
Your child will put on a medical gown and get medication to put them to sleep (anesthesia). You’ll leave the room either before or after your child has been given anesthesia.
You’ll go to a waiting room while the operation takes place. The surgeon or nurses may give you updates as they go. As nerve-wracking as it may be, you must wait until the surgery is over and your child has woken up to know how the surgery went. Some hospitals allow parents to be in the recovery room while their child wakes up.Depending on the surgery and the hospital, your child will stay there overnight or go home after waking up.