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Pre and Post Op Questions

Is your child due to have an operation or procedure? This article is all about setting expectations and identifying the benefits or considerations linked to an operation, so that you can feel confident and comfortable that this is going to support your child’s health and development.

It is important that you understand the procedure, including it’s benefits, risks, and alternative options that you can take. You can then sign the operation consent form with confidence that you and the medical team are doing the best for your child. It’s common for medical staff to ask you if you have any questions. Here are a few ideas if you’re not sure what you should be asking:

  • What are the aims of the operation?
  • Is this type of operation done on a regular basis?
  • What are the success rates of this kind of operation?
  • How long will they be in the operating theatre for?
  • What are the risks during the operation?
  • What are the risks for post operation?
  • Are there any alternatives to having this operation?
  • Is it a one off operation or will further operations be required in the future?
  • Is it possible to have a second opinion? (If you want one)
  • What is the recovery period post operation?
  • How long will they need to stay in hospital after the operation? Best and worstcase scenario?
  • What additional care will result from this operation?
  • How will the operation impact on the longterm health of the child?
  • What will our responsibility be with regards to the on going care of the child?
  • Will I/we need training to care for the child post op?
  • Will the operation result in fixing the problem or is it a temporary measure?

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