What to Expect from your procedure at Children’s Hospital Colorado


(music) Hi, I’m Matt. This is my
friend, Norah, and we’re going to show you around the surgery
area. (Norah) Just like you, we both had surgery here. (Matt)
Come on, let’s get started. You’re probably here for a
surgery where a doctor called a “surgeon” may fix a part of your
body. It’s normal to be a little nervous, but the people you will
meet are all here to help you and can answer any questions you
may have regarding your surgery. First, you’ll check in at the
registration desk so the doctors and nurses know you’re here.
They’ll give you an I.D. bracelet with your name and
birthday on it. You and your family will go into an exam room
where you will change your clothes, put on hospital pajamas
or a hospital gown and slipper socks. The doctors and nurses
will want to make sure you’re healthy before your surgery. The
nurse will check your vital signs. Do you know what your
vital signs are? Your vital signs are things like your
heartbeat and temperature. The nurse will listen to your
heartbeat by using a tool called a stethoscope. That’s called a
blood pressure cuff. It feels like a tight hug on your arm or
leg. The nurse will use a thermometer to check to see if
you have a high temperature or fever. The nurse might check
your temperature in your ear, under your tongue, on your
forehead or in your armpit. The nurse will need to know how much
oxygen or air you have in your body. The nurse will put a tiny
band-aid with a little red light on your finger or toe. This is
called a pulse oximeter. Don’t worry, the red light never gets
hot. The nurse will also need to know how tall you are and how
much you weigh. You and your family will talk with two kinds
of doctors. One doctor is your surgeon. The other doctor is the
anesthesiologist, or the doctor who gives you your sleep
medicine. You can ask your doctors any questions you might
have. This doctor will talk with you about the medicine you will
have to sleep. The sleep for surgery is different from when
you are at home in your bed. The nurses wear clothes called
scrubs, a hat, and a mask. They wear these outfits to keep it
really clean in the room where you get your sleep medicine so
that you won’t get any germs. Germs can sometimes make you
sick. Depending on the type of surgery or procedure, parents
and medical staff may or may not wear a mask and hat. Do you have
a blanket or stuffed animal? You can bring this into the room
with you if you want. Some kids walk to the sleep room and other
kids ride in a bed. This is a room where kids get their sleep
medicine. See this big, blue pillow? The machine behind this
gives you the sleep medicine. See those lights? They might be
a little bright, but they won’t touch you. The doctor uses them
to see better. You’ll see your nurses and doctors in this room.
Most kids breathe their sleep medicine through a mask.
Sometimes the sleep medicine smells funny, so they might let
you pick a scent or flavor before you start to make it
smell better. Other kids get their sleep medicine through an
I.V., which is a short name for an intravenous catheter. The
tiny tube sits in your vein to give your body a drink. Veins
are the blue lines you see when you look at the back of your
hand or arm. The nurses can give you medicine through your I.V.
to help you feel better. When you sleep with this medicine,
it’s a little different than when you sleep at home. When
you’re asleep for surgery, you won’t feel anything. You’ll
sleep the whole time the doctor is fixing your body. When the
surgery is done, the sleep doctor will stop giving you your
sleep medicine. Then you’ll wake up in the recovery room. You
will also meet a nurse who will help you feel comfortable.
Whoever came with you can see you when you wake up. When you
wake up, you might get a popsicle, juice, slushies, or
other things to drink. Before your surgery, it’s important not
to eat or drink anything for a little while, because the sleep
medicine helps your whole body fall asleep, including your
stomach. If you have food or drink in your stomach, then it
may get sick and make your surgery unsafe. When you’re
ready to leave the hospital, the nurse will gently take the tape
and I.V. off your hand or arm. It feels just like taking a
band-aid off! If you are spending the night at the
hospital, then you and whoever brought you will go together to
your room here. There is a playroom with fun things for you
to do while you are here. When the doctor says you’re ready,
then you’ll get to leave the hospital. (Norah) And then your
surgery is over! (Matt) It’s a lot easier than I thought it
would be. (music) (Matt) And now we’re going to share 10 of our
favorite things about surgery at Children’s Colorado. Child Life
Specialists! Slushies! The playroom! Scented medicine! The
ball machine! Lego hospital! Bring your blanket or stuffed
animal! Stress balls and pinwheels! Popsicles! (Nora)
Thanks for joining us! (Matt) You’re going to do
great with your surgery. (music)

10 thoughts on “What to Expect from your procedure at Children’s Hospital Colorado

  1. A life..save yourself. GET šŸ˜°there..clinic to the hospital. Insured then you have a rescue and van drive to resesitate. A room .Test. A bed .A Social Worker. u save the world from boredom.
    Exhausted

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