Preparing for Surgery at Golisano Children’s Hospital

School is out for summer, which means family vacations and lots of time outdoors. Many families also take time during the long summer break to schedule elective surgical procedures for their children.

Families preparing for surgery can rest assured that the pediatric surgical team at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center is committed to providing patient- and family-centered care. Parents are encouraged to ask questions prior to the day of surgery and when they arrive at the hospital.

Our child life specialists are here to help children feel comfortable in a medical setting, when they get to the hospital. They recognize that the hospital can seem like a scary place to kids, and are always willing to go the extra mile to put patients and families at ease.

To help families prepare for what to expect on the day of surgery, we encourage you to watch this video with Geri Sehnert, the child life specialist in Pediatric Surgery. The Child life specialists have also created a guide with photos of the William and Mildred Levine Pediatric Surgical Suite and kid-friendly language, so families can review the booklet together, before coming in to the hospital. An informative pamphlet is also available, with instructions on what to do before and after a surgical visit.

Golisano Children’s Hospital performs about 25,000 pediatric surgeries each year for kids across the Finger Lakes region. As chief of Pediatric Surgery for Golisano Children’s Hospital, Walter Pegoli, M.D., has given countless children the chance to lead longer, more fulfilling lives. Watch this video, in which a family shared their experience with Pegoli and the hospital’s many doctors, nurses and staff members, after their little girl Hailey was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.

Last year, two more pediatric surgeons joined the pediatric surgical team, bringing their own research and clinical expertise to patients and families from the Finger Lakes region. We’re hoping to continue to grow our program, by training the next generation of pediatric surgeons to care for our children’s children.

Visit the Pediatric Surgery Division website to learn more about how the surgical team works closely with other divisions to provide the best possible care, what kinds of conditions we treat and who is on the team.

Do you have any tips on how parents can prepare their children for surgery?

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