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When Your Child Has Surgery


Knowing the basics of anesthesia may help answer your questions and ease some concerns — both yours and your child's.

Anesthesia: What to Expect

Here's a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after your child gets anesthesia.

Can Anesthesia Hurt Brain Development?

Find out what the experts say.

Elective Surgery

Elective surgery means you and the doctor decide when the it will happen. Many elective surgeries are important, potentially life-changing operations. Here's how to plan for them.

Epilepsy Surgery

Epilepsy surgery is an operation done on the brain to reduce or stop seizures.

Gastrostomy Tube (G-Tube)

Some kids have medical problems that prevent them from being able to take adequate nutrition by mouth. A gastrostomy tube (also called a G-tube) delivers nutrition directly to the stomach.

Giving Opioid Prescription Pain Medicine: What Parents Need to Know

If your child’s health care provider prescribed a prescription pain medicine that contains an opioid, you probably have many questions about how to use it safely. Get answers here.

Heart Transplant

If your child needs a heart transplant, you're probably feeling lots of emotions. Fortunately, many kids who undergo heart transplants go on to live normal, healthy lives.

Helping Kids Get Ready for Surgery

Kids who will be having surgery may feel stressed about it. Here's how parents can help them.


Laryngoscopy, a visual exam of the voicebox and airway, can help discover the causes of voice and breathing problems, throat or ear pain, and other bothersome symptoms.