Division of Pediatric General, Thoracic and Fetal Surgery

A Guide to Your Child's Surgery

Our Surgery Guide will help you and your family prepare for your child's upcoming surgery, outlining what to expect from the first pre-op visit all the way through to her discharge.

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Before Your Patient's Surgery

Your patients and their parents can choose to see a pediatric surgeon at the office most convenient to them — in Bucks County, Exton, King of Prussia, Voorhees or the Children's Hospital Main Campus in Philadelphia.

Prior to the visit, each patient's family will receive a letter from our office. The letter asks for demographic and insurance information, and also provides information about validated parking and directions to the appointment.

Once the family arrives at our surgical offices, a registrar will greet them, then verify the child's demographic and insurance information. Next, the patient will be escorted to an exam room, where one of our attending pediatric surgeons and a surgical advanced practice nurse will see the child. Depending upon the urgency of the problem, you'll receive a telephone call or a letter dictated on the day the child is seen.

If your patient needs surgery, we'll schedule a surgery date and a pre-admission consultation with our pediatric anesthesiology team — all without an additional appointment. During the pre-visit, we'll discuss individual anesthesia needs and pain management strategies, including epidural anesthesia, patient-controlled analgesia and local or regional anesthesia, based on the type of procedure and the child's needs.

Our philosophy is to prepare and support both the child and family so that everyone involved can cope better with surgery. We'll review preoperative feeding instructions and give the child and her family an overview of her surgical day and possible admission. We can also help arrange tours of the surgical unit and, if necessary, the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Our surgical advanced practice nurses will provide age-appropriate preparation for the particular procedure. Our patient education area offers educational videos, as well as an opportunity for interactive play with dolls. Families will also receive written educational materials. You may also direct your patients and their families to visit  A Guide to Your Child's Surgery.

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