How to Prepare your Child for Spinal Surgery
If your physician has recommended surgery for your child’s scoliosis, there is a lot of information to consider and digest. The good news is that Scoliosis surgery is that it’s an elective procedure and you have time to prepare yourself and prepare your child for what to expect. This can help your child feel less anxious and get through the recovery period faster.
How to Prepare Your Child for Scoliosis Surgery
No matter their age, kids that have an idea of what’s going to happen and why, have a much easier time coping. The key is to give information at your child’s level of understanding.
Below are a few tips that we would recommend when you’re preparing for Scoliosis surgery.
- Prepare yourself first. If you feel anxious and nervous, your child will often pick up on this and follow suit. Educate yourself and make sure all of your questions are answered.
- Explain the problem. Patiently talk to your child about the reason for the surgery. Talk about how the surgery helps. Avoid alarming language such as ‘cut you open’ or ‘use a needle’. Build trust by telling your child as much as they can understand – they will likely pick up on it if you withhold certain facts.
- Explain how the doctor will fix the problem. There are tons of books and helpful resources out there to explain what to expect at the hospital to their specific level of understanding. Ask your doctor for resources that can help explain the procedure.
- Address and calm fears. Ask your child what parts they are nervous or afraid about. Address each fear with a calm attitude and soothing words. Different aged kids fear different things. Just make sure to anticipate these fears and encourage your child or teen to express how they are feeling – as it is normal and OK at any age to be fearful.
- Tour the hospital. Schedule a visit with your doctor or hospital to acquaint your child with the rooms they might be in and the people they will be around. Many hospitals offer orientation programs specifically designed for kids having surgery.
- Keep calm the day of surgery. Staying calm will do wonders for your child. Re-address any fears that they might have and be reassuring and confident. Post operation, distracting your child can be helpful. Whether it’s a visit from a friend at school, a new toy or relatives, it can make your child distracted from any discomfort they might feel.
Scoliosis Surgery at COA
Is your child having Scoliosis surgery with one of the Doctors at Children’s Orthopaedics of Atlanta? Get more details here.
If you are a parent who has had Scoliosis surgery recommended for your child, contact Children’s Ortho today! We are here to walk you through each step of the process and make sure your child has the best treatment possible.