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.
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
Your Child's SurgeryWhat to do both before and after your child's surgery:
Easing Anxiety About SurgeryThe 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 PainBefore, 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