- What is "day surgery?"
Day surgery, also known as "outpatient" surgery, allows your child to recover at home, in the company of family and friends, and eliminates the expense of an overnight hospital stay.
- What if my child is ill prior to surgery?
Please contact your surgeon immediately if your child develops a cough, fever or chest cold, or has an asthma attack within three days of scheduled surgery. Also, please notify your surgeon if you believe your child has been exposed to measles, mumps, or chicken pox in the 21 days before surgery. Your child's surgery may be rescheduled so that other children are not at risk of catching these diseases.
- How can I prepare my child for surgery?
South Shore Hospital offers a 60-minute orientation program for children ages 3 to 12 who are anticipating surgery. The session features:
- Slide presentation, where children are familiarized with what will happen before, during and after their surgery. The upbeat presentation describes one young child's surgical visit and how South Shore Hospital's physicians and nurses did everything possible to make it a positive experience.
- Tour of the Day Surgery Center, where children can see exactly what an operating room looks like, be introduced to surgical equipment, and see the recovery area. Children will have the opportunity to play with equipment and also ask questions concerning their surgery.
The preoperative orientation program is offered Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Day Surgery Center at South Shore Hospital.
Special times may be arranged by appointment. Call 781-340-8960 to register for the program.
- Where will my child's surgery take place?
Day surgery is performed in the hospital's main building at 55 Fogg Road.
Please call your surgeon's office to determine where your child's procedure is scheduled.
- When should we arrive for scheduled surgery?
Please arrive one hour prior to your child's surgery and be sure to accurately follow the preoperative diet guidelines.
- How much time can I spend with my child before and after surgery?
You may be with your child at all times prior to surgery. One parent may accompany your child during the administration of anesthesia.
During surgery, you'll be asked to remain in the adjacent waiting area. As soon as your surgeon indicates, you may join your child in the recovery room and remain there until it is time to go home.
- How will I care for my child at home?
Most day surgery requires very little physical care at home, other than occasional dressing changes. If you have any questions, call 781-340-8960.
- What is an intravenous?
An intravenous or IV is a catheter that is introduced into a vein for the purpose of administering fluid, anesthetic medications, and other medications.
- What can be done to minimize my child’s anxiety?
The “preparing for surgery” program offered by South Shore Hospital is an excellent starting point. Other options include accompanying the child into the operating room, EMLA cream, and oral medications designed to reduce anxiety.
- What is EMLA?
EMLA cream is a topical local anesthetic, which is applied to the skin on arrival to the hospital. EMLA further minimizes pain by numbing one or more areas where an IV might be placed. It is most often used in children undergoing an intravenous (IV) induction of general anesthesia.
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