You will need to complete paperwork that gives your consent for the surgery. Typically, your child also will be scheduled for a “pre-operative work-up day.” Make sure that if you have questions about anything regarding your child’s condition or operation that you ask those questions and understand the answers.
Physicians and other healthcare providers understand that you may have no medical background, and they will be willing to explain things in a way that you understand. There is no such thing as a stupid question when it comes to your child’s health. If questions come up after a physician visit, write them down so that you can call or remember to ask the doctors at another time.
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