The Child Having Surgery

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  1. Blood Transfusions in Children

    Detailed information on blood transfusions and the child having surgery

  2. Discharge from the Hospital

    Even after minor surgery, some children will remain in the hospital overnight for observation and to receive medications to help with pain or to prevent infection.

  3. Discomforts and Complications After Surgery

    Common discomforts after surgery include nausea and vomiting, soreness in the throat, and restlessness or sleeplessness.

  4. Glossary - The Child Having Surgery

    Glossary of terms relating to surgery in children

  5. Home Page - The Child Having Surgery

    Detailed information on surgery in children

  6. Hospital Visit / Preoperative Clinic

    Touring the hospital before surgery can help your child see the sights, sounds, and events he or she will experience the day of surgery. It is a non-threatening, often reassuring, way to learn about the hospital.

  7. Informed Consent

    You will be asked to sign an informed consent form which states in detail that you understand the risks and benefits of your child's surgery.

  8. Intensive Care

    Intensive care is needed for children who have had certain types of major surgery: heart operations, organ transplants, or neurosurgery.

  9. Intraoperative Care for Children

    Detailed information on intraoperative management

  10. Latex Allergy in Children

    Detailed information on latex allergy, including a list of products in the home, community, and hospital that contain latex

  11. Methods of Surgery for Children

    Detailed information on the different methods of surgery, including open surgery, minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy, endoscopy, arthroscopy, bronchoscopy, cystoscopy, gastroscopy, hysteroscopy, laryngoscopy, and sigmoidoscopy

  12. Online Resources - The Child Having Surgery

    List of online resources to find additional information on surgery

  13. Pain Control

    If your child has moderate to severe pain, he or she may receive narcotics during and after surgery. If your child is in the ICU after surgery, he or she may receive sedatives along with pain medications.

  14. Play Therapy

    Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, treatments, and procedures.

  15. Postoperative Care

    Detailed information on postoperative management

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