Nurturing care, before and after surgery

Preparing for Your Child’s Surgery

We understand that kids and their parents may come with concerns about their hospital stay. We’re here to understand your needs and theirs, and support you every step of the way. With our inclusive, family-centered approach to care, you are an important part of the team, along with our top doctors and exceptional nurses and staff.

Thank you for choosing us to take care of your child. Below you will find an outline of what to expect before, during and after your child’s surgery. There is also a description of actions that Packard Children’s has taken to keep you and your child safe during COVID-19.

What to expect

Knowing what to expect and arriving prepared help make things go smoothly for you and your child on the day of your surgery or procedure.

We know that on the day of the procedure or surgery, your child may be hungry or anxious, and you might be too. We want your child’s hospital experience to be as smooth and comfortable as possible, so please share your concerns and needs with us.

Immediately after the procedure or surgery, your child will receive care in the post anesthetic care unit (PACU) or in one of our intensive care units (ICUs). Some children will go home after recovering in the PACU, while others will be admitted to an acute care unit in the hospital to continue recovering.

Whether you’re here for a few days or several months, we have many resources available for you and your child to help you feel comfortable during your stay.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

This guide will give you important information about your child’s surgery, and what to do when you leave the hospital. If you have more questions, please ask your child’s care team.