State-of-the Art Pediatric Perioperative Services

Pediatric perioperative services at Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Augusta, offers compassionate care for your child before and after surgery.

We perform more than 6,000 pediatric surgeries every year, which makes Children’s Hospital of Georgia one of only two children’s medical centers in Georgia with specially trained pediatric surgeons and anesthesiologists. Our experience, expertise and compassion set us apart.

Phases of Pediatric Surgery: What Happens and What to Expect

There are three phases to surgery:

  • Pre-op
  • Phase I recovery
  • Phase II recovery

During pre-op, our staff will take your child’s vital signs and prepare your child for surgery. You will be asked about your child’s allergies to medicines and questions about his or her medical history. Your child will also receive any special medicine ordered by the anesthesiologist.

Phase I is where your child will wake up after surgery.

In phase II, we will either prepare you and your child to go home or to recover in the hospital.

Our dedicated and caring staff will explain each step of your child’s surgery in detail. To put your child at ease, a child life specialist will use dolls and imaginative play to explain the surgery process to your child.

You are a vital part of your child’s care team. To make your child more comfortable, you will be allowed to accompany him or her to surgery if he or she is older than six months old. After surgery, your child will wake up in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). The PACU nurse will provide any instructions that you will need to care for your child at home.

After your child is discharged, you will receive a follow-up call the next day from the PACU nursing staff to see how your child is doing and to see if you have any questions or concerns. If you have an urgent question, please do not wait for our follow-up call, call your surgeon or pediatrician.

Important Children’s Hospital of Georgia Numbers:

  • General Information 706-721-5437 (KIDS)
  • Pre-op Clinic 706-721-5229
  • Admissions 706-721-5169
  • OR Receptionist 706-721-5308
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology 706-446-0397

Pediatric Pre-Op Surgery brochure

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