Getting Ready for Surgery
We are sure that even after discussion with your child’s pediatric urologist you may still have questions regarding surgery and what to expect on the day of the procedure. We encourage you to discuss with your doctor all of your questions.
At NTPUA, your child’s safety is of utmost importance. For this reason, we work exclusively with anesthesiologists who sub-specialize in pediatrics and we do surgery at hospitals and surgery centers with focus on kids.
Be sure to tell your doctor if your child has any fevers, coughs, colds, or other new illnesses in the 2 weeks before surgery.
The afternoon or evening before surgery, you should receive a few calls:
1. Our surgical coordinator who will confirm the time and location of your child’s procedure.
2. A coordinator from the surgery center will also confirm the time and location.
3. The pediatric anesthesiologist will call to discuss the anesthesia plan as well as when your child needs to stop eating and drinking prior to surgery. Please review all current medications with your child’s pediatric anesthesiologist to determine appropriate perioperative timing of medication administration. Please report any recent upper respiratory infections (especially RSV infection) to limit risk for postoperative bronchospasm.
Remember, your child needs to stop eating and drinking 8 hours prior to the surgery start time in order to minimize their anesthesia risk both during and after their surgery. If your child has eaten or drank during the time period, it may be necessary to reschedule the procedure.
After checking in to the hospital or surgery center, you will meet the nurses and pediatric anesthesiologist who will be caring for your child during their procedure. Your pediatric urologist will also meet with you that morning and again review the procedure and what to expect during the day.
Depending on the length and complexity of the procedure, the operating room nurse will give you regular updates on how surgery is progressing as well as time estimates. As soon as the surgery is complete and your child is headed to the recovery room, your doctor will meet you in the waiting area or consult room to talk about the surgery and post-operative care including bathing, activity restrictions, post operative medication, and how to take care of any bandages, catheters, etc…
As soon as your child is awake from anesthesia, you will be brought back to the recovery room to see your child. After most types of day surgery, most kids will be ready to eat and drink something light as they are waking up. The recovery room nurses will be able to give pain medication as needed. Day surgery patients are usually discharged after they are able to eat and drink something and any post-operative pain is well controlled.
Prior to leaving the hospital or surgery center, the recovery room nurse will go over your post-operative instructions as well. Be sure to call our office to schedule your child’s post-operative visit.
Do not hesitate to call our office to speak to your doctor or the doctor on call if you have any questions or concerns after surgery.
For your convenience, NTPUA accepts most insurance plans. Please call our office at 214.750.0808 to confirm participation.
** If your insurance provider requires a referral, please fax your referral to our offices at 214.750.0120. You can also ask your doctor’s office to fax the referral on your behalf.