After much anticipation and apprehension, it’s finally your child’s surgery day. You may arrive at the hospital already weary from worry, with a hungry child – since they cannot eat or drink for a number of hours before the surgery.
Prepare for a long and exhausting day physically, mentally, and emotionally.
It is normal to take most of the day to prepare your child for surgery, perform the surgery, monitor after surgery, and transfer your child to the intensive care unit (ICU).
The surgery is a small part of the day and your child will be asleep for much of the time. A specialized physician called an anesthesiologist will watch your child’s condition from the time they go into the operating room until they are stable enough to leave for the ICU.
There are some things you can do before the day of surgery to get ready. And if you know what to expect while you wait during surgery, it may help you manage the stress.