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Pediatric Surgery Recovery: What To Expect Post-Op

Every year, 450,000 children under the age of 18 get surgery in the United States. Kids can easily feel scared and overwhelmed by the surgical recovery process. This period of time might be one of the first moments of their life experiencing high levels of pain, discomfort, or weakness.  To make this process a little […]

Preparing Yourself & Family For Your Child’s Surgery

There is no question that pediatric surgery can be an overwhelming experience for parents and families to cope with. Oftentimes, parents are just as nervous, if not more nervous, than the child themselves.  While coping with anxiety, intense emotions, and stress leading up to the surgery date is completely valid and normal, preparing yourself and […]

What Kind of Surgery is My Child Having?

If your child needs surgery, you may be wondering if the procedure requires an overnight stay or if he can go home the same day. Will the surgery require a large incision or will it be minimally invasive?  Surgery can be classified into types based on the level of care needed and the procedure’s tools […]

How to Talk to Your Child About Surgery

Knowing that your child must undergo surgery is stressful for the entire family. And because your child looks to you to make them feel less fearful about the experience, you must, as a parent, do all you can to prepare for what could be a tough conversation.  Prepare Yourself Before You Talk to Your Child […]

How to Help Your Child Fast Before Pediatric Surgery

Helping your child to fast before pediatric surgery is just one of the ways you’ll need to prepare them for the procedure. At Austin Pediatric Surgery, we’re here to help parents understand why fasting is so important, and learn some ways to comfort your child during this stressful time. Why Fasting is Important Before Surgery […]