Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What type of anesthesia will my child receive?
A: There are many types of anesthesia. Children’s pediatric anesthesiologists will examine your child and talk with you to determine the best option for your child. If you want more information about anesthesia or if your surgeon tells you to contact them, call the Division of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at 202-476-2025.
Q: Why do I have to wait until the night before surgery to find out the exact time of my child's surgery?
A: You may be given a tentative time for your child's surgery, but the time often changes because of emergency surgeries or unexpected traumas. While we know it is frustrating, the exact time for surgery cannot be given until the evening before. A nurse will call you the evening before and answer any questions you may have. Generally, infants and toddlers receive priority and are scheduled in the morning.
Q: How long will my child’s surgery take?
A: Each surgery is different and varies in length. Parents are given a pager (similar to those in a restaurant) that will alert you when the surgeon has an update or when your child is finished.
Q: When will I get to see my child?
A: In most cases, parents are reunited with their children in the recovery area soon after surgery. Children’s encourages families to be with their children while they wake up from anesthesia.
Q: May I request a private room for my child?
A: You may ask for a private room, but it cannot be guaranteed. Private rooms are assigned based on medical necessity.
Q: When should my child return for follow-up care?
A: In most cases your child will need to see the surgeon 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. At the time your child's surgery is scheduled, a post-operative visit will also be scheduled at one of Children’s Regional Outpatient Centers or at the main hospital.
Q: If I have more questions, who should I call?
A: For questions about your child’s surgery, call (202) 476-3370 to speak with the Surgical Prep nurse.