Before the operation, your child will be assessed and prepared for surgery. You will be asked questions about your child's medical history, allergies, current medications, previous anesthetic experience and current health status. Your child's airway, heart and lungs will be examined carefully.
Our goal is for your child to feel safe and happy in our environment. A member of the nursing or child life department will explain, in a child-friendly manner, what the day will be like.
If extremely anxious, your child may be sedated with a medication taken by mouth or given intravenously (IV), 10 to 15 minutes before going to sleep for surgery, if the anesthesiologist deems it safe and appropriate. This helps relax the child, makes separation from the parents smoother and often provides amnesia so the child does not remember the experience.