I am one of those people who completely forgets everything she wanted to say to a doctor once I get in front of them. Every question or concern I had goes *poof* right out of my head. When my husband and I had the chance to meet with the surgeon who was going to performing Deckards surgery I knew I needed to have a list of questions written down so I wouldn’t forget a thing!
This blog post is for all you mamas out there who are like me and forget everything or you Mamas out there who just want to be extra prepared! I have compiled a list of 20 questions you can ask your surgeon to be extra prepared for the big day.
1. What can I expect the day of delivery?
2. What are visitor policies in the NICU?
3. Are siblings allowed in the NICU?
4. How aggressive will you be with surgery?
– this was an important question for me to ask. My son had a sever case of gastroschisis and our surgeon did everything he could to make sure he had a primary closure! Some doctors play it a little safer and put a silo on before trying to close. You’ll want to know which your doctor is leaning toward so you can be prepared.
5. Will I be able to hold my baby after delivery?
6. How much experience do you have with gastroschisis?
7. How soon after delivery will the surgery be performed?
8. What’s the overnight policy? Can I stay with baby 24/7 or are there certain hours I would have to leave?
9. What is the typical recovery time/How long can I expect my baby to be in the NICU?
10. What are important things to watch for once we are released from the NICU?
11. Can we bring sleepers from home? Things such as dock-a-tots, snuggle me organic bed?
-My son was allowed his Dock a tot while in the NICU
12. What kind of pain medication will my child be on?
13. How long can I expect them to be on pain meds?
14. How long will the surgery take?
15. Can you walk me through the procedure?
16. Will my child need a central line?
17. Is a tour of the NICU available?
– we did this and I HIGHLY recommend it if you can. It made things familiar and not so scary once the day came!
18. Will my baby be put under anesthesia?
19. What are the side effects of anesthesia?
20. What other surgeons could possible perform the surgery?
As always, I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope that it has helped prepare you and given you some peace of mind about meeting with your pediatric surgeon! Good luck on this journey with your little warrior.