What to Expect
Day of Surgery
A surgical nurse will call you a few days before your surgery date or you can go up to Same Day Surgery after your appointment with Dr. Dobbs if the evaluation is the day before surgery. The nurse will provide detailed instructions about what time to be at the hospital, where to park, when your child can last eat or drink, and other helpful information and collect a health history from you. We do not have private rooms you and your child will share the room with another family.
Patients are admitted for a 23-hour admit, so plan on spending the night after surgery. Pack comfortable, loose clothing for your child. T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants or shorts are preferred. Be sure to bring any devices that your child uses for functional ambulation or walking assistance.
When you arrive at the hospital, you will check in at the 2nd floor lobby and a patient care representative will direct you to the same-day surgery center on the 6th floor. Dr. Dobbs, your anesthesia team and nursing team will meet with you before your surgery.
The surgery usually lasts about an hour. While your child is in surgery, you will be given a pager so that you can leave the surgery waiting area. Dr. Dobbs will call you on the phone in the waiting area assigned to you when surgery is over and then you will be called into the recovery area to be with your child.
Post–Op Day 1
After surgery, your child will have bandages on the areas where the surgical incisions were made. These bandages will remain on for 10 days. You may see some bloody drainage on this bandage, which is normal. Under the bandage, steri-strips will cover the incision area. These tape strips are to be left on until they fall off on their own.
You may see clear stitches. They will dissolve on their own. Sometimes these threads are connected to the steri-strips. You can trim the ends of the threads next to the skin if you see them sticking out. You will also see some bruising to the areas. Keep the incision area clean and dry.
Your child will begin intensive physical therapy and continue the exercises at home. We will provide you with an information packet that has a copy of therapy for you and your therapist of exercises and stretches prior to surgery.
If you have a cast the nursing staff will provide you with a cast shoe to be worn when ambulating to protect the bottom of your cast.