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:

  • Major operations in the chest and abdomen such as removal of tumors, operations of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary system, repair of an abnormally depressed chest (pectus excavatum) and minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for gastric bypass
  • Reconstructive surgery of the head and face
  • Operations on the brain and the spinal cord

Being sure that your child's health at the time of surgery is in the best possible condition is very important to lessen any risks from anesthesia. The anesthesia team will carefully manage your child’s medical problems, ensure a safe anesthetic, replace fluids and blood as needed and provide good pain control.