Expectation and Recovery
A basic understanding as to your family’s next few days together
There will be deviations for each child’s specific and unique surgery and care needs, but in most cases you can expect your child’s day in theatre to follow this process. The surgical information sheet is available in pdf format by clicking this link.
Day of the Surgery
Of course most of this will be explained to you during the consultation process but in case you missed anything, this is what will be required of any care giver on the day of surgery:
- Admissions – you will have to book your child into the hospital at general reception before taking them to the ward.
- Opening files – the hospital will require you to fill in a few files.
- Sign consent – for each procedure there is a consent form that details that you understand the risk of each surgery and give consent for the surgeons to perform the expected surgery.
- Go to the ward – once all the details are complete you will be allocated a ward.
- Surgeon review – your child will be visited in the ward by a surgeon before going to theatre to answer any last minute questions and perform a few minor checks.
- Anaesthetic Review – your child will also be reviewed by an anaethetist prior to going to theatre. If it is an emergency, you may meet them in the operating room prior to the case.
- Transfer to theatre – once the theatre is prepared, theatre staff will take your child to theatre for surgery.
- Recovery – upon completion of surgery, your child will be taken to recovery, then onto the recovery ward or clinic.
- Discharge – in most cases you will need to work with the ward sister and nurses to obtain the correct documents and discharge papers before leaving the hospital.
Keeping you informed
During surgery we advise all parents to visit the coffee shop or should you wish, the waiting room. A member of the surgical team will keep you up to date throughout the surgery, be it via visiting the waiting room or calling you on your cell phone.
Once your child is conscious and comfortable in the recovery ward, you will be called for to stay for the remainder of their hospital visit. During this time you will be given a brief report about the surgery. A full report will be given only once the child has returned to their respective ward.
Expected Surgical Outcomes
Of course we cannot guarantee 100% revision at each surgery, but that does not mean we do not plan to achieve it. It is important to remember post operatively that your child will be required to visit the respective paediatric surgeon and members of the Johannesburg Paediatric Surgery Practice team on a regular basis. Constant monitoring helps ensure correct and desired surgical outcome.
Pain management and Recovery
Post surgery there will always unfortunately be some discomfort, but we will use every technique possible to keep your child pain free. Your child may receive a “pump” to self medicate for pain, although this is reserved for in-patients in a high care environment. They will constantly be monitored and pain medication will be given to keep them comfortable.
Staying on top of pain is the first step towards surgical recovery.
Depending on the surgery, your child may need to spend a few nights in the paediatric ward, but they will be under the strictest care of the Sandton Paediatric Surgical ward staff.
Upon discharge, you will be given a script for pain medication and/or specific medication for recovery. It is important to follow all instructions for wound care and medication guidelines. Don’t forget to keep all the follow up consultations to monitor your child’s progress.
If you do have any questions, please feel free to ask. The Johannesburg Paediatric Surgery Practice team believe in holistic treatment for the child and family, and your wellbeing and understanding will directly affect your child’s recovery.