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Post-operative Care

Discharge from the Hospital
Even after minor surgery, some children will remain in the hospital overnight for observation and to receive medications to help with pain or to prevent infection.
Discomforts and Complications After Surgery
Common discomforts after surgery include nausea and vomiting, soreness in the throat, and restlessness or sleeplessness.
Intensive Care
Intensive care is needed for children who have had certain types of major surgery: heart operations, organ transplants, or neurosurgery.
Pain Control
If your child has moderate to severe pain, he or she may receive narcotics during and after surgery. If your child is in the ICU after surgery, he or she may receive sedatives along with pain medications.
Play Therapy
Play therapy is used to help children understand and cope with illness, surgery, hospitalization, treatments, and procedures.
Protect Your Child from Medical Errors
A medical error can occur when something that was planned for medical care doesn't work, or when the wrong plan was used in the first place.
Recovery Room/Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
Once surgery has been completed, your child will be brought to the recovery room, also called the post-anesthesia care unit.
 
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