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Having Surgery at Children's

Leaving the hospital and Follow Up

 Having Surgery at Children's - Discharge and Follow Up
When will my child be able to go home?

Your child’s surgical team will continually monitor your child’s recovery and communicate with you throughout the process. Your child’s care team will determine the best and safest time for your child to go home.

What are the criteria for going home?
Your child should be awake and alert, tolerating clear liquids, and his or her pain should be under control prior to going home.

What is the going home process?

The nnurse will review all the discharge instructions for your child’s care at home, which will include: diet, activity, pain medications, follow-up appointments, call center appointment line number, possible post-operative complications, and phone numbers to call if you have a problem or question. Please feel free to ask questions about discharge instructions or request more instruction if you have concerns about taking care of your child at home.

When it is time to go home, you may assist your child in changing into their clothes while in the Recovery Center. You may carry or use a stroller to the exit. If your child needs a wheel chair you will be escorted to the exit. Please make arrangements in advance for transportation home.

Follow-up appointments may be made at locations nearest you where many of our Regional Outpatient Centers in Maryland and Virginia are located.

What can I expect when we get home?
We recommend that you or another responsible adult supervise your child closely on the day of surgery. Your child may be drowsy and may nap or sleep on and off the rest of the day. Your surgeon may limit your child’s activity after surgery and provide further instruction.

A nurse will call you a day or two after your child’s surgery to follow your child’s progress and to assist you with questions you may have.

What if I have questions?
If you have questions or concerns, you may call the Recovery Center Monday through Friday, at any time, and Saturday and Sunday, 7 am - 7:30 pm, at (202) 476-5122.

An anesthesiologist can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling (202) 476-5000.

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