GOING TO THE OPERATING THEATRE
In our practice one parent
is usually allowed to accompany a child over 3 months of age
into the operating theatre and remain with them until they fall asleep
. This is however left up to the discretion of the anaesthetist as to what they feel would be in the child’s best interest
Young children are usually sedated with a breathing mask held over their face
. Only once they are asleep and feel no pain
, will an intravenous (iv) line and breathing tube be inserted
Once any surgery is completed, your child will be given pain relief medication
and sometimes, anti-nausea medication
. They are then transferred to the recovery room
. Here they will be monitored closely to ensure that they can be safely sent to the ward
. As your child starts to wake up, you will be invited
to join your child.
This can be a distressing time for both you and your child, as they may be disorientated and irritable
from being under anaesthesia.
EYE MUSCLE SURGERY IS THE MOST COMMONLY PERFORMED PAEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGY PROCEDURE.
Despite common misconceptions, the eyeball is not removed
or taken out of the eye socket; it is simply rotated into its actual position
A small instrument called a speculum is used to keep the eyelids open. Small incisions
are then made through a clear tissue (conjunctiva)
that lies on top of the white part of the eye to minimize scarring.
The muscles are then located and adjusted accordingly
. The small incisions are then closed using dissolvable stitches
. The entire surgical procedure usually lasts between 30-60 minutes
IN THE WARD (POST-SURGERY)
Once your child is fully awake, the following conditions must be met before they can be discharged:
Before you leave the hospital:
- Their vitals are stable
- They have had something to eat or drink
- The nurse is satisfied that it is safe for them to go home
You will be given some eye medication.
This will most likely include an antibiotic-steroid eye drop, ointment and analgesia.
Ensure that you have a date for the follow up appointment in the rooms