Making surgery as comfortable and stress-free as possible for kids is one of our top priorities at Children’s. Because children’s anesthesia needs are so different, the pediatric anesthesiologists at Children’s are specially trained and experienced to tailor anesthesia and pain management for children and teens whose bodies are still growing. They also know to how help ease anxiety and handle unexpected challenges.
An anesthesiology provider will be with your child throughout the procedure, continuously monitoring his condition as the surgeon works. At our outpatient surgery centers, you will most likely be allowed in the operating room until your child is given an anesthesia mask.
Safety, side effects and recovery
Modern anesthesia is safer than ever. Still, children need specialized care, precise dosing and close monitoring during and after surgery.
We will create a plan just for your child based on his weight, height, age and type of surgery. A nurse will call you one or two days before surgery to let you know when your child should stop eating (so that his stomach is empty during the procedure) and what foods are allowed, and anything else you need to know. One of our anesthesiologists will meet with you before surgery to make sure you and your child know what to expect, and we will take the time answer your questions and address any concerns to help you feel at ease.
A member of our anesthesiology team will monitor your child during surgery and remain with your child as he awakens and recovers. Your child may remain asleep for a while after surgery, and may be groggy and confused when he wakes up. We will be on hand to help manage any side effects, such as nausea, chills, shakiness or anxiety. If your child is going home after surgery, he will be fully awake, and we will make sure you know how to care for him at home.