Your Day of Surgery at University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital


(light pop music) – Hi, my name is Michelle
and this is my friend, Christopher, and his mom, Christina. – Hi. – We know that having surgery, even talking about it, is sometimes scary. – And we don’t want you to worry. – So, we are going to show
you some people, places, and things you might see
on your day of surgery at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. What do you think, Christopher, should we get started with our tour? – Okay! – All right, let’s go. Your pre-surgery packet will tell you which elevator to take. There are signs on the walls with maps. They will show you where you are standing and how to find the elevator you want. – The elevator should be easy to find. – [Michelle] The pre-surgical packet will also tell you where to go to register after your elevator ride, so
your parents will want to bring your pre-surgical packet to the hospital. When you get to the registration desk, someone will ask a few questions. Getting registered will
not take very long, and then you can find a
chair in the waiting area. In a few minutes, someone
will come to walk you to another place called preoperative care. – It’s just the place where
you get ready for surgery. – You can take two adults
with you to the preop area and they can stay with you all day, except in the operating room. – You can take your favorite
toy or blanket with you. – [Michelle] In the preop room, you will put on hospital pajamas. Then a nurse will put
a bracelet on your arm. It says who you are and it has important
information for the nurses. You will wear it until you go home. The nurse will ask more questions, like, “Have you had anything to eat “eight hours before you
came to the hospital?” This is very important because
your tummy has to be empty to have surgery so you won’t get sick. Also, the nurse will
put a cuff on your arm to take your blood pressure. When they put it on your
arm and press the button, it might make a funny noise, but it just gives your arm a big hug. – It doesn’t hurt. – The nurse may do things like weigh you and measure you to see how tall you are. They will take your temperature
and listen to your heart. The nurse will put a
special wrap on your finger. It has a red light. – It’s not hot. It’s kinda neat; it glows. – Next might be the intravenous line. – Can what call it an IV? It’s easier; lots of people call it that. – Okay. This IV is very important because
it gives your body fluids. – Drinks? – And medicine while you are in surgery and maybe for a while after your surgery. Giving your body fluids and
medicine through this tube will help you get better
faster, so you can go home. Sometimes, they place it
in the back of your hand; sometimes, in your arm. The doctor will decide where and if your IV will be
placed in the preop area or in the operating room
after you are already resting. In the operating room is
when they usually do it. – I had mine here. – [Michelle] To help hold the IV in place, they will tape it there
with special hospital tape. A nurse may also show you a
paper with a lot of funny faces. They will ask you to point to the face that shows if you are feeling pain or how much pain you might be feeling. They will show you this paper
again after your surgery. After your nurse is all
done, an anesthesiologist, a special kind of doctor– – [Christopher] The sleepy-time doctor. – [Michelle] Will help you get a very special kind of
rest during your surgery. It is their job to make
sure you won’t feel or remember anything that
happens during surgery. They will show you a mask and show you how to breathe with it on. It’s really easy. – It’s just in and out, in and out. – [Michelle] After you have practiced using the mask a few times, the anesthesiologist will
talk to you and your parents about your surgery, which will start soon. This is a great time to ask
questions about your surgery, if you have any left. Then it is time to say see
ya later to your parents, just for a little while. – Don’t worry, your parents
won’t be going very far. – [Michelle] Next, you will
go to the operating room. And your parents will go to
the day-of-surgery lounge to leave a cell phone
number or get a pager. The pager will work for them
anywhere in the hospital and someone will call their
cell phone or buzz the pager to let them know when
your surgery is over. Christopher, this is
called an operating room, or some people call it the OR. This is the room where they
will be doing your surgery. In the operating room,
there’ll be some big lights. – [Christopher] I see them. – [Michelle] During your surgery, they will help the doctor see. There will also be some machines. They look kinda like computers. They help the doctor and
nurses during surgery too. To help keep the operating
room extra clean, all the people in here will be wearing special clothes we call scrubs, and everyone in the room will have a mask to wear when surgery starts. In this room, the doctor
will bring you a mask like the one we saw earlier. Remember, breathing into
the mask is really easy, and very soon you will feel kinda sleepy. And when you wake up– – [Christopher] Your surgery is all done! – When the surgery is over, the pager will buzz or
their cell phone will ring, telling your parents to go back to the day-of-surgery lounge. When they get there, they
will be told where to go to meet with your doctor. While you are waking up
in the recovery room, the doctor will tell your
parents how your surgery went, answer their questions
and discuss your care. You won’t remember or feel anything after you breathe into the
mask for a few minutes, until you are taken to the
wake-up or recovery room. It takes a little while for
you to become wide awake. And while you are waking up,
a nurse will be with you, checking things like your
blood pressure and your pulse. The recovery area is a very busy place, but your nurse will be
checking on you often. Remember the chart with the silly faces? After your surgery, a nurse
will show it to you again. You can point to the face that you think shows how you are feeling
after your surgery. This will let the nurse know
if your are feeling any pain. Before long, you’ll look up and your parents will be with you again. (gentle pop music) Well, Christopher, I
think we have explained a lot of what happens on
someone’s day of surgery. What do you say we say
goodbye and head home? – Wait, Michelle, when do kids
get to go home after surgery? – Well, the doctor will have to decide, and it depends on a lotta things. – Like what? – Well, it’ll depend on
what kinda surgery you had, what needs to be done
to help you get better, and even how you’re feeling. But everyone will stay in the postop or recovery care area for a little while. – The wake-up room. – Yes. When you are wide awake, if the doctor says it’s
okay for you to leave, the nurse will come in
and tell your parents how to care for you at home, and you can go home the same
day you had your surgery. But some kids have to stay in the hospital for a little while. If this is what the doctor
thinks is best for you, you’ll be taken to a room where you can spend the
night or maybe a few days. Your mom or dad can stay
with you in this room. – [Christopher] You can have a sleepover right in your hospital room. – We hope that the people, places, and things that we have shown you today will help you feel more comfortable about your day of surgery. Okay, Christopher, now that ends our tour. Do you have anything else
you wanna say to our friends? – Just like when I had my surgery, there will be lots of nice people.

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