Being treated in a hospital can be an intimidating experience for children and their families. That's normal - constant activity, new faces and an unfamiliar setting can be scary. Knowing what to expect before your child undergoes surgery at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital can help reduce anxiety for everyone involved.
As a parent, you can help prepare your child for surgery by:
- Explaining why surgery is necessary
- Ask your child about his/her fears and concerns about surgery
- Explain the procedures that your child will undergo as simply as possible. If you are not sure, ask your doctor
- Make sure your child understands that you will be with them (if you plan to stay, and for how long)
- Let your child know that other children will be having surgery, too
- Honestly answer any questions your child asks about surgery or the hospital
- Sign up with your child in a Hospital Orientation Session
Our Pediatric Surgeons
Our board-certified pediatric surgeons - Enrique Grisoni, MD, FACS, FAAP, Luis Martinez, MD, FACS, FAAP, and Tuan Pham, MD, PhD, FACS, FAAP - have been specially trained to operate on children whose development ranges from newborn to young adult.
We urge every child who is to be admitted to St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, and their family, to register in a Hospital Orientation Session. Attending a Hospital Orientation Session is a great way to become familiar with the hospital environment and learn to be an active participant in your child's care.
A Hospital Orientation Session is simply a "hands on" way for your child to become acquainted with the sights, sounds, smells and people that are unique to a hospital - before undergoing surgery or any other hospital procedure. You and your child are encouraged to ask questions and express any concern throughout the Hospital Orientation Session. There is no charge for a Hospital Orientation Session. Using a variety of teaching tools and medical equipment, a Child Life Specialist will explain all aspects of your child's treatment at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital, including:
- Medical personnel—such as doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists and radiologists—and what they do in the hospital
- Medical procedures—such as blood tests, IVs and X-rays—and why they are necessary
- Medical equipment—such as blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes and monitors—and the role they play in your child's care
If your child is scheduled for surgery at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital and you would like to register for a pre-operation tour, call (813) 554-8155.