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What to Expect

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From your first visit to the day of surgery through recovery, we understand that your child's health is your greatest concern.  Knowing what to expect before surgery reduces the uncertainty.

Initial Consultation

Your first visit to Advanced Pediatric Surgical Specialists (APSS) consists of meeting with your doctor, talking about your child’s current medical problem, and reviewing past medical history. You may want to make a list of all medical problems (eg. diabetes, allergies, congenital abnormalities, prior hospitalizations) and current medicines so the doctors can have accurate records. After a detailed history is taken, the surgeon will perform a complete physical examination. If you have any radiographs (x-rays), prior lab reports, or information from your referring physician please be sure to bring them for the doctor to review and discuss the results. After reviewing the history, examining your child, and reviewing pertinent labs/radiographs, the surgeon will talk with the child and appropriate family member(s) about the diagnosis and the next step in management.

If the surgeon determines that your child is an appropriate candidate for surgery, he will discuss surgical options, including risks, complications, and benefits of the procedure. Most disease processes do not require immediate surgery, so our friendly office staff will work with you to pick a date for surgery. You may want to bring your date book or talk with your spouse and/or family about future dates before you come to visit. Each surgeon operates on specific days of the week at Florida Hospital for Children, so we will do our best to work with everyone’s schedule.

No matter how healthy your child is you will be required to undergo pre-surgical evaluation, either by phone or in person, by Florida Hospital nursing staff. This helps coordinate your surgery date, allow you to ask questions, and prevent delays the day of surgery. If possible, we will have you complete this step the same day so you do not have to make multiple trips to the hospital. Fortunately, some problems do not require surgery. The surgeon will talk with you about treatment options, possible further testing, and appropriate follow-up with him and/or your referring pediatrician.

Day of Surgery

Prior to the day of surgery you will receive a phone call from the hospital staff informing you what time to be at Florida Hospital for Children and when to stop feeding your child. If your child has experienced any change in his or her health (e.g. sore throat, cough, fever) since visiting the surgeon, please call the clinic 407.303.7280 or notify the hospital staff when they call you prior to surgery. It may be unsafe to perform surgery if your child has new symptoms and we need to know so we may refer your child for treatment and possibly postpone surgery. It is also important to be on time the day of surgery so your procedure and other children’s procedures are not delayed or cancelled.