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Tallgrass Anesthesiology Associates:  Special Considerations for Children

Anesthesia can be safely administered to children in a hospital, a freestanding ambulatory center or a suitably equipped physician’s office. Many procedures for children are often done in such outpatient settings. Children benefit from the early return to comfortable and familiar surroundings. Parents benefit because of less time away from other family members and less interruption in their work schedules.

In some facilities, there may be programs to help prepare you and your child for ambulatory surgery and anesthesia. In these programs, you may visit the facility, see equipment that will be used and ask questions regarding anesthesia, surgery and recovery.

On the day of surgery, your child should not eat solid food. The anesthesiologist may allow clear liquids to be given two or three hours prior to surgery. Parents should plan to stay in the facility during their child’s procedure and to make every attempt to have siblings stay home.

Upon arrival at the surgical facility, a nurse will check vital signs and orient you and your child. The anesthesiologist will conduct a preoperative interview and physical exam and discuss the anesthetic plan. For most children, general anesthesia is the preferred form of anesthesia. Anesthesia may begin with intravenous medication, or with breathing anesthetic through a facemask, and then, an intravenous line may be placed after your child is asleep. This may be supplemented by local anesthesia injected by the surgeon or anesthesiologist to control postoperative pain. After surgery, your child will awaken in a recovery area where a nurse will check vital signs, the surgical site and pain control.

Before going home, your child may be offered something to drink. Parents will receive detailed instructions regarding post-anesthetic and post-surgical care. All questions should be answered and you should feel comfortable taking your child home from the facility.

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