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When Your Child Has Surgery

What Is Indocyanine Green (ICG)?

Indocyanine green (ICG) is a medical dye doctors use to find and help treat problems in certain parts of the body.

What Is Informed Consent?

Informed consent is a legal term that means a person is aware of the facts of a situation (such as a surgical procedure) before agreeing to it.

What's a Cochlear Implant? (Video)

A cochlear implant is a surgically placed device that helps a person with severe hearing loss hear sounds. Doctors consider cochlear implants for children under 12 months of age with profound hearing loss in both ears. Older children with serious hearing loss also may get cochlear implants.

What's a Laparoscopic Appendectomy? (Video)

An appendectomy is surgery to remove the appendix. Surgeons remove the appendix when it gets blocked and becomes infected. A laparoscopic appendectomy lets surgeons remove the appendix with the help of a tiny video camera called a laparoscope.

What's a Laryngoscopy? (Video)

Laryngoscopy is when a doctor uses a special camera to look down the throat to see the voice box (larynx) and vocal cords.

What's Ear Tube Surgery (Myringotomy)? (Video)

A doctor might suggest ear tube surgery if a child gets many ear infections that don't clear up easily or the ear infections seem to be causing hearing loss or speech delay. Ear tube surgery can drain fluid from the middle ear, prevent future infections, and help the child hear properly again.

What's Tear Duct Massage (Treating Tear-Duct Blockage)? (Video)

Blocked tear ducts are a fairly common problem in infants. If your child has a blocked tear duct, your doctor may show you how to massage the eye several times a day at home for a few months. Massaging can help open the blockage.

When Your Child's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

It can be stressful whenever kids are in the hospital — and even more so when they're admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A basic understanding of the PICU can help you feel better prepared to help your child recover.

Wound Healing and Care

How well a wound heals depends on where it is on the body and what caused it. Good home care is an important part of healing.