Tips for Teens

Talk to your parents about your surgery and why you are having it. Remember, it is always OK to ask questions. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to bring a case along to take them out once you start to get ready for surgery. You can bring your cell phone, iPod or any hand-held electronic game. You can also bring other comfort items such as pillows, blankets, etc.

Morning of Surgery

  • Bring a contact case for your lenses
  • Remove nail polish and make-up
  • Remove body piercing jewelry
  • Wear loose comfortable clothes

Before Surgery 

  • It is always OK to ask questions
  • Be honest about how you feel. You know your body better than anyone.
  • We will respect your privacy as much as possible.
  • We will have special hospital clothing for you to wear during surgery.
  • All female patients 10 years of age and above will be asked to take a pregnancy test by giving us a small urine sample.

Surgery  

  • You will be escorted to surgery while your parents wait in the waiting area.
  • Monitoring equipment will be placed on your body to help the medical staff know your body is doing OK during surgery. This will include heart monitor patches, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, and an IV if it hasn’t already been placed.
  • You will be given anesthesia or "sleepy medicine" to help your body drift off to sleep.
  • You will stay asleep the entire time of your surgery and will feel nothing.
  • When surgery is complete, the "sleepy medicine" is stopped and your body starts to wake up.

Recovery  

  • You will go to the recovery room to wake up.
  • The recovery room nurses will let you sleep until you start to wake up. At that time, your parents can join you.
  • Tell the nurses how you feel because you know your body better than anyone.
  • The nurses want to keep you as comfortable as possible.
  • Medicine will be given through an IV.
  • If you are staying in the hospital, your parents will accompany you to your room.
  • If you are going home you will be taken to the discharge area, where discharge instructions will be given.