Your child is having surgery. How you approach your child's procedure impacts how well he or she does before and after the big day. At California Pediatric Surgical Group in Santa Barbara, Dr. Tamir H. Keshen, Dr. Sang Lee and Dr. Charles Stolar, are board-certified pediatric surgeons with the knowledge and skill to help you navigate surgical preparation, hospitalization and aftercare, too.
What parents should know
Whether your child is a baby, toddler, school age youngster or teen, you need the details of your child's condition and why surgery is necessary. The Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University states that 450,000 American children receive surgical interventions annually, and all procedures are important. That's why Tamir Keshen, MD, and his professional colleagues at California Pediatric Surgical Group in Santa Barbara provide information so you can help your child the day of surgery and after discharge.
Communication between doctor, support staff and parent is key. So is a calm, reassuring attitude between parent and child. You should answer your child's questions as fully as possible, but avoid worrisome terms such as "pain," "getting knocked out," or "scared." When a child feels reassured that the doctors and nurses are there to help them be well, even the most complex of procedures go more smoothly.
As such, here is basic information about the pediatric surgery experience:
- You will be given instructions about when to arrive at the hospital or surgery center.
- The instructions will include how long your child should fast before the procedure.
- Be sure you have a support system in place. Friends and relatives can help you with caring for your child or other family members in the case of a lengthy hospitalization or when your child goes home.
- Ask your doctor or nurse if it's appropriate for you to accompany your child to the pre-op waiting room.
- Stay available during the procedure so you can receive updates on the surgery itself and on when you can see your child in the recovery area.
- If your child is running a fever or has cold or flu symptoms before surgery, please contact California Pediatric Surgical Group for a confirmation or cancellation of the procedure. A mild cold or fever does not necessarily mean cancellation.
- Follow your post-operative instructions carefully. These instructions will detail medications, activity level, bathing, eating, return to school and more. And, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office right away.
The best care for the best outcome
At California Pediatric Surgical Group, the surgeons and their support staff partner with parents to optimize surgical outcomes and long-term well-being. We're here to help you. Call our friendly office team at (805) 563-6560 for an appointment.