Surgeries are scary. We are not going to deny or sugarcoat it. But when we know a surgery might change things for good, we cannot be stubborn about not wanting it. Especially when it comes to children, things are even complicated. It is necessary to help them understand and make them feel better. Communicating with children is the key. But first, you should know what the surgery is about and have enough knowledge to assure your child.
Naturally, you would have a million questions swirling in your mind. Phrasing them cohesively is the key to get the required answers from doctors who are already busy with numerous patients. Searching on the internet might only scare you or provide you with half-truths.
We have listed 10 most important questions you will have to ask your child’s pediatric surgeon in Chennai before the surgery. Make notes to understand the doctor’s answers and explain them to your child in the way he/ she would grasp the essence.
- How will the operation help the child?
There is no point in agreeing to surgery if it doesn’t help the child. Still, ask how exactly it will help when compared to not having surgery.
- How long will the surgery last?
While some procedures are quite simple and take hardly an hour, other surgeries can go on for long durations. It depends on various factors, so by asking this question, you will find answers to many other questions.
- Will it be an inpatient or outpatient procedure?
This will depend on the answer to the above question. By knowing how long the child will have to stay in the hospital, you can plan things accordingly.
- What kind of medication is needed?
Medicines tend to have long-lasting effects on human bodies. Always ask what medication will be given to the child and confirm that their allergies have duly been noted.
- How will the operation be done (the type of incision)?
Ask if the surgery will require a cut or if it can be done through endoscopy.
- What are the side effects of anesthesia?
Will anesthesia be required, how long the child will be unconscious, etc. is also covered.
- What are the after-effects of the surgery?
Will there be any after-effects of the surgery and how will they impact the child’s future?
- How to handle postoperative care of the child?
This is a very important question. Make a detailed note of the instructions and follow them without fail.
- How long will it take the child to recover fully?
This will help you plan the coming weeks or months.
- When can the child eat and drink after the surgery?
Knowing this will help you stay prepared to feed the child on time.
We know there can be a lot more questions in your mind but finding answers to the above ones might clear most of those. Finally, ask if there is anything else you need to know about the surgery just to be sure.