So, your baby is having surgery. How do you prepare? On the latest episode of the NICU Babies, Parent Support #podcast, pediatric surgeon Dr. Tory Meyer, shares what parents can expect, what questions to ask and how to approach the procedure with the best possible information. 🎧 Listen below or 📺 watch the conversation on YouTube. In this episode, Kathryn and Dr. Meyer chat about: ❓ What are the most common surgeries you perform? ❓What can a parent expect at the appointments leading up to a planned surgery? ❓What kinds of questions should a parent be asking of the surgeon and the surgical team? ❓In your opinion, what makes for a successful surgical experience for both the child and the parent? ❓For emergency surgeries it can often feel overwhelming and chaotic for both the child and the parent. How can a parent make the best decision with limited time? What questions should they be asking? ❓What's your best advice to a parent who has an upcoming surgery and feels scared and overwhelmed? Pictured: Grey was born prematurely with gastroschisis at the beginning of the Covid crisis. He spent his first weeks of life unable to eat or be held. He was placed on the vent and had to have surgery to close up his little belly. Multiple little IV lines and central lines were required for TPN for nutrition. After many, many weeks of being in the NICU, he began gaining enough weight and tolerating feeds that got him to his “graduation” day.

Posted by Leigh Ann at Hand to Hold at 2023-07-06 14:32:52 UTC