Preparing for Orthopedic Appointments & Procedures

Below please find the following resources to prepare you for your appointments and procedures with the Orthopedic Surgery team: 

Preparing for Your Orthopedic Surgery Appointments

As you prepare for your orthopedic surgery appointments we have some very useful information which should help guide you.

Preparing for Your First Appointment

Click here to learn about what to do before your first orthopedic surgery visit and what things you should bring. Also, learn more about what will happen during your visit, as well as what to expect afterwards.

Appointments Tips from Other Parents

Click here to learn key tips other parents have found helpful such as confirming your appointment beforehand, making sure a parent or legal guardian is present at all times, thinking about questions you have in advance and many other tips.

Preparing for an Orthopedic Surgery Procedure

Being prepared for an orthopedic surgery procedure will help make everything go smoothly for both your child and you. Click here for information which you will find useful including how to schedule the procedure, what to do the day before your child’s operation, and information on anesthesia, among other insights. In addition there is also a link to a special booklet called “Countdown to Surgery” which has further information.

Post-Operative Pain Relief from an Orthopedic Surgery Procedure

Parents often worry that their child will be in pain after surgery, and while this is normal, we do everything possible to make your child comfortable and minimize any potential discomfort. 

After surgery, your child’s anesthesiologist may prescribe a patient-controlled anesthesia (PCA) machine for several days or offer the option of an epidural block. By the time you leave the hospital, any pain your child has should be easily treated with simple analgesics that your child can take by mouth, such as Tylenol or Tylenol with codeine. Learn what you can do to help your child with pain post-surgery here.

Medicine should be used to keep pain away and stop pain before it gets worse. Watch this animated video to learn more: