Questions to Ask When Your Child is Undergoing Surgery

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When your doctor tells you that you will be needing surgery, you might react in fear or calmly but for a child, it might be a different thing. Since children are more accepting of the situation, it’s usually the parents who worry about the whole process. Of course, it is normal for parents to be worried as anything can happen during the procedure. That is why it is important that as parents, to ask the right questions before the surgery. So if your child is going to have a surgery or is scheduled for one, it’s best to ask your physician a few important things first.

How should I tell my child that he/she will have a surgery?

In some cases, children are more accepting to the fact that they need surgery in order to get well but there are also those who are too young to understand what’s going on. As parents, it is our job to tell them about this even if sometimes we don’t know how to break it easy. However, there are also hospitals that do the talking for your child. There are programs or sessions that allows your child to understand what surgery is and why they need to have one through play and visual arts.

What will happen during the procedure?

Since you will not be there during the actual operation, it’s best to ask the physician about what will happen during the procedure. A good explanation of what your child will go through will help you understand why the surgery needs to be done.

What are the medications given during surgery?

In case you worry that your child may not recover from anesthesia (as there are cases reported about it) make sure that you ask the physician or nurses about the medications. Ask how long the drug will last and what do they need to do to make sure that they are administering the right dosage. Ask also about the side effects of the drugs administered to your child and where they will be administering it during the surgery. Doing so will give you a clear picture about how these things work.

How long will the surgery take?

Usually, parents panic when the surgery takes longer than expected.  Depending on the kind of surgery your child needs, a simple surgery can go about 30 minutes to 5 or more hours. If your child needs minor surgery then it will probably take less than 2 hours but if the case is life-threatening and needs extensive hours then expect that it will be a lot longer.

What should be done after surgery?

Once the surgery is done, recuperation is needed. Again, depending on the case and length of surgery, recuperation period may be short or longer. Physical rehabilitation may be needed in some cases while others can easily recover after a week’s rest. Ask your physician about the dos and don’ts that you need to do and avoid during this period. Ask about the pain medications as well as other medications your child needs. Make sure that you give them on time to ensure your child’s well-being. Ask about the diet that your child will be having, what needs to be done in case they exhibit odd behavior and the likes. Asking these things will surely help you in the process.

Surgery is never easy for any parents and families. That is why it is important that you are involved all throughout the process. Asking is the first step to take and the rest will follow through after the surgery.