What to Expect: Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Before any procedure, your care team will discuss in detail the surgery to be performed, including expectations, the reason for the procedure, risks, benefits and alternatives.
- You’ll also discuss the pre-surgery “game plan” – whether there are any medications your child should avoid or stop taking temporarily and what your child can or can’t eat or drink before surgery.
- During a minimally invasive procedure, your child will be put to sleep – and will feel no pain – with a general anesthetic.
- His or her abdomen will be filled with carbon dioxide gas (CO2), creating a “dome effect.” This gives the surgeon a better view of the organs inside the body and more space to work.
- Many patients go home the same day as their minimally invasive surgery.
- Because of the smaller incisions, scars are very small compared to traditional surgery.
- Many children return to school after a few days.
- Ask your doctor what activities your child can and cannot do in the days and weeks after the surgery.