We will help prepare your child
When your child is having anesthesia, the last thing you want to feel is unprepared. So at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we go the extra mile to make sure you and your child are ready and relaxed on surgery day. Below are some key things to know about anesthesia at one or our hospitals or day surgery centers.
Preparing for anesthesia and surgery
Knowing what to expect makes anesthesia and surgery less stressful. At Children's, we've developed a number of terrific resources to help you and your child prepare.
Getting to know you
Your child's anesthesia team will meet with your family before the surgery or procedure to help all of you prepare. You'll have a chance to discuss your child's anesthesia plan and ask any questions you might have. This meeting and the surgery itself will occur at one of three locations:
Sweet dreams on surgery day
On the day of surgery, we'll work with you to make your child's experience as calm and comforting as possible. Our child life specialists are available to help your child understand and cope with their experience by utilizing age-appropriate strategies.
It's important to be aware of your own feelings. Anesthesia can make parents nervous, too. It helps to remember that the pediatric anesthesiologists have lots of expertise and experience at what they do.
Some children are still very anxious, even with preparation. In that case, we may use medicine or suggest other ways to help your child relax. When it's time to start anesthesia you may have the option of staying until your child falls asleep. This is never required, however. Some parents are more at ease not being present. Just let your child's anesthesia team know your preference, and they'll be supportive of your choice.
Knowing what to expect helps make anesthesia less stressful. And at Children's, caring for your child's emotional comfort is another crucial part of what we do.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ANESTHESIOLOGY PROGRAM