UnityPoint Health - Methodist | Proctor has experienced anesthesia providers who care for children over one month of age having surgery. All anesthesia providers who care for young patients are Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified. Many pediatric surgeries are performed at Methodist, including but not limited to:
- Pediatric Gastroenterology
- Removal of appendix
- Removal of tonsils and adenoids
- Orthopedic surgery to repair broken bones
- Plastic surgery
- Bladder surgery
- Nephrectomy (removal of kidney) using robotic surgery
- Ureteral reimplantations using robotic surgery
Prior to Surgery Checklist
Prior to your child's day of surgery, please discuss with your child's surgeon the following:
- Any medical preparation your child may need before their surgery
- The scheduled surgery time and date, as well as, the time you'll need to arrive at the hospital on the day of surgery
- When to have your child stop eating and drinking-- including water, gum and mints
- What care your child will need at home after their surgery
- Who to call if your child is sick the day of surgery. Your child's symptoms may include but not limited to fever, vomiting, diarrhea, congested cough, sore throat or rash.
The prep book "Let's Get Ready for Surgery" will help you talk with your child about their surgery. Before coming to UnityPoint Health - Methodist, explain to your child what will happen in words they can understand. Be honest with your child about their medical test, surgery, or procedure so that they have the opportunity to ask questions and you can address any misconceptions. For younger children, it is best to explain right before the test/procedure so that they are less anxious. For school-age children or teenagers, parents/caregivers can talk to their child several days before their visit to UnityPoint Health - Methodist. To help explain to your child about their test/procedure, utilize the topic specific prep book. Sometimes, it is difficult to know how to explain visits to the hospital to children. If you would like help please call a Child Life Specialist at 309-671-2145.
Day of Surgery Checklist
What to bring with you on the day of your child's surgery, hospital visit or medical procedure:
- Your child's favorite security object from home (pacifier, toy, blanket, or hand held game)
- Your child's preferred bottle, sippy cup or sports bottle.
- Insurance card, ID, paperwork, etc.
- Medication Information - Names and doses and time of day taken
- Guardianship papers, if applicable
- Any adaptive devices your child may require at home or school such as a walker, communications board, glasses or hearing aids
The Child Life Specialist or Pediatric Surgical Nurse provide pre-surgical tours through areas of Methodist a child may encounter. Allowing children to learn about the things they might see, hear and feel during their visit to the hospital in a safe, non-threatening manner often lessens the anxiety children and their families may have.
If you are interested in a Pre-Surgical Tour for your child, please contact us here and a member of our team will contact you. Tours should be scheduled as close to the hospital visit as possible, and appointments must be made in advance. If you have additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact the Certified Child Life Specialist at 309-671-2145.