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Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Knowing what to expect is an important part of getting ready for surgery. Explaining what will happen before, during and after surgery is one of the best ways to help prepare your child for surgery. At American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, we will help you and your child through each step of preparation, surgery and recovery. We believe the family is part of the team caring for your child. Please ask any questions that you may have during the time that you are with us.

 
Ivy explains what surgery is like for patients at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin

What Happens?

Coming in for surgery? Check out this video and learn what to expect. If your child is coming to American Family Children's Hospital for surgery, you probably have lots of questions. This video, narrated by 13-year-old Ivy, gives you and your child a very good sense of what to expect on the day of surgery. Watch the video

Preparing your child for surgery at American Family Children's Hospital in Madison, WisconsinPreparing Your Child for Anesthesia

Getting ready for a surgical procedure or a diagnostic procedure that requires anesthesia begins well before the day of the appointment. Both children and parents have many questions about what will happen that day. Learn more
Easing your child's anxiety about surgery at American Family Children's Hospital; Madison, Wisconsin

Easing Anxiety About Surgery

The entire process leading to surgery is intended to help alleviate some of the stress for patients. There are five general steps to the surgical process.  Learn more and watch a video
 
Dealing with pain; preparing for surgery at American Family Children's Hospital; Madison, Wisconsin

Dealing with Pain

Before, during and after surgery, we care about your child's comfort. We realize that parents know their children best; therefore, we want to partner with you to help control your child's pain. While it may not be possible for your child to be pain-free, we will work together to make sure your child is comfortable. Learn more

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