Your child is scheduled for complex surgery that will require general anesthesia. When patients are under general anesthesia, they are unconscious and cannot feel pain or any other sensation. Complex surgeries include:
- Operations in the chest and abdomen such as removal of tumors, repair of an abnormally depressed chest (pectus excavatum) and minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for gastric bypass
- Reconstructive surgery of the head and face
- Bladder enlargement (augmentation)
Your child's health at the time of surgery is very important to lessen any risks from anesthesia. The anesthesiologist will carefully manage heart, lung, and other organ problems, breathing difficulties, fluid and blood loss and pain.