What to Expect
Day of Surgery
A surgical nurse will call you a few days before your surgery date. 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.
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 escort you to the same-day surgery center on the 6th floor. Dr. Dobbs will meet with you before your surgery.
While your child is in surgery, you will be given a pager so that you can leave the surgery waiting area. When the surgery is over, you will be called into the recovery area to be with your child.
Your child will be measured for braces, if needed, while they are asleep during surgery. Our orthotist will typically have your braces ready before you go home from the hospital.
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. 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 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 of exercises and stretches prior to surgery.