Before surgery, children get to participate in one of our longest traditions, Bunny Lane. This gives your child a positive touch to his or her surgical experience. Children pick out a toy, and when they wake up from surgery, it is there with them.
To help children prepare for surgery, our Child Life staff leads pre-operative preparation tours. The tour gives your child a chance to build trust, gain control over the experience and see the sights, sounds and events that will occur the day of the procedure.
Our staff has extensive experience in helping parents and children. We take the time to explain what is going to happen and encourage you to ask questions.
We know that healing requires much more than medicine. It requires treating the whole child in order to encourage recovery. Child Life specialists use play and art to help children deal with their questions and emotions.
We encourage parents to be with their children while they are being put to sleep for surgery. Being by your child’s side will help reduce his or her stress and anxiety when receiving anesthesia for any procedure.
A spacious, comfortable waiting room is located next to the operating rooms. We know that your child’s surgery can be stressful. So we make sure to keep you informed every step of the way.
Surgery for kids is different than surgery for adults. From their growing bodies to the way they react to anesthesia, it matters that your child’s surgeon understands the differences. That’s why all of our surgeons and anesthesiologists are specially trained to care for kids.
Intraoperative MRI is one of the neuroimaging technologies we use to care for children who need brain surgery. Located in our surgery suite, the IMRI is used for pre-surgical mapping and during surgery. It provides our doctors and nurses with the highest quality structural image of your child’s brain and in some cases reduces return trips to the operating room.
Our state-of-the-art catheterization labs showcase some of the greatest technology in the field of pediatric cardiology. Three-dimensional reconstruction capabilities and expertise in cardiac MRI allow for quicker diagnoses, better planning for surgeries and minimal exposure to radiation.
When your child’s surgery is complete, your child will be taken to the recovery room, also called the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). There, nurses, anesthesiologists and other team members will closely monitor your child. You will be brought to the recovery room to spend time with your child after surgery.
Our 10-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) focuses on the unique needs of critically ill neonatal and pediatric patients with congenital heart disease. Private family rooms allow two family members to stay with our patients overnight.
Our staff in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is specially trained in cardiac care. Not only does the medical staff care for your child’s medical needs before and after heart surgery, but parent mentors are also available to offer you and your family support during your stay.