Talk to your doctor about your child’s medications/vitamins/herbs. Some may need to be discontinued a week prior to surgery.
Discuss any possible bleeding disorders or other medical conditions that could impact surgery or anesthesia.
Do not give your child anything to eat or drink after midnight the night before the surgery.
Blood samples are taken in case your child needs a blood transfusion.
On the Day of the Surgery
Do not allow your child to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before the surgery.
Only give your child medications that the surgeon has recommended with a small sip of water.
You will receive a call from the hospital about arrival time.
After Surgery Your child will remain in the hospital overnight to a couple of days following the procedure.
A dressing will cover your child's surgical site for two days, and it must be kept dry. Only allow your child a sponge bath during the first 48 hours.
Most patients will be able to eat normally after the anesthesia has worn off. There are no dietary restrictions to follow.
Your child will have to limit motion in the arm on the side of the surgery for a few weeks to discourage seroma formation.
In some cases, your child may have a drain at the incision site. If so, you will be taught how to empty it and record the amount of fluid.
There will be soreness around the surgical site during the first 24 to 48 hours following surgery.
Your child may be prescribed antibiotics to take while he recovers.
Walking is encouraged, based on your child’s energy level.
Your child will feel better after the first week, but will need to take precautions in doing certain activities and limit them to what is recommended by the pediatric surgeon.
Recovery: What to Expect in the Next Few Weeks Most children will fully recover in one month and can resume some normal activities. Your child’s pediatric surgeon can advise on what sports are allowed.