Pediatric Surgical Services
Surgery doesn't have to be a negative experience for children and their parents. Prepare yourself for your child’s surgery. Parents who can control their worries and be as relaxed as possible send the message to their child that everything will be okay.
Meet Sam. She is having surgery at Mass Eye and Ear today. Sam and her parents are sharing their experience to help show others what a surgical day can be like here. Sam's experience is only to give you an idea of what will happen when you arrive at Mass. Eye and Ear for pediatric surgery. It is important to note that every child is different. Your child's experience may differ from what is shown in this video. We encourage you to share it with your child, but recommend you view the video first to determine if it is suitable. Please fast forward past the segment featuring Sam being put under anesthesia around the 3 minute mark. This is a real induction that accurately displays the effects and stages of anesthesia during induction. Your child will not be aware of this stage. Please contact the office of your doctor or the Child Life Specialist for additional information and to answer any questions you may have.
Talk with your child about his/her trip to the hospital and upcoming surgery. Use simple words that your child understands and be honest. This will help your child trust you and the staff at Mass. Eye and Ear.
The information in this section has been be prepared by our pediatric staff to help make the visit to Mass. Eye and Ear as easy as possible for you and your child. You may also find our links on the left side of this section to be helpful.