Getting Ready for Surgery: Help Is Nearby

Author: Robin Ambrosino

Some kids who have bleeding disorders are pretty comfortable with doctors, hospitals and even needles. Still, having a surgery can feel scary and make you worry.

Those feelings are normal. Ask your family and your care team about anything that concerns you. And make sure you understand the answers. It will help you feel better, knowing what to expect. 

Here are some questions you might ask before having your tonsils out or ear tubes put in: 

Q: Is it going to hurt?

Doctors and nurses have many ways to make sure you do not feel pain during the surgery. You may be given a “general anesthesia” that helps you stay asleep through the surgery. Or you may be given a “local anesthesia.” This means that the part of your body the doctor is operating on does not feel anything. After the surgery, tell your family and your doctors if you’re in pain. Your medical team can give you medicine that helps with pain and helps you rest. 

Q: How long will I be in the hospital? 

Your family and your doctors can answer this. How long you stay in the hospital depends on what your surgery is and how you are healing. For some surgeries, you get to go home the same day. For others, you might stay over a few nights. 

Q: Can my parents be with me?

Parents aren’t usually allowed to come into the surgery room. But they can be with you before and afterward, when you’re recovering. 

Q: What if I’m scared?

It’s OK to be scared. Just remember: Your medical team will take good care of you every step of the way. Your family will be close by, waiting to see you as soon as possible. Take your mind off of scary thoughts and try to feel calm. Deep breathing, listening to music, and drawing or coloring can help you do this. Just think: Soon you’ll be home, enjoying summer fun again.