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Today it's been 5 years since my son Matthew's A.V. Canal repair. I remember the nurses: Shannon, Jaime, and Patrick....They were so good with Matthew and with my husband and I.
If it wasn't for Children's Hospital and the Cardiac wing he wouldn't be here. Thank you all for what you have done for us and giving him a chance to grow in front of our eyes! Thank you Dr. Mah, Dr. Baird, and Dr. de Ferranti we owe you the world.
5 years ago today, I placed my one week old son in Dr. Emani's hands to repair his COA. I remember it like it was yesterday, and I'm thankful every day for the care we received at the Heart Center at Boston Children's Hospital.
1 year ago today Dr Baird performed open heart surgery on Cayman. It did NOT slow him down. Today his heart is as good as new and he barely even has a scar. Thank you Dr Baird and everyone on the cardiac floor at Boston Children's Hospital.
Two years ago today we were at Boston Children's Hospital and our daughter, Emily, was having an aortic stent placed. We were told it would have to be replaced by the time she turned 2 (which was last June) but its still in place and working beautifully. We thank God every day for the amazing work of Dr. Gerald Marx and Dr. James Lock.
This weekend we celebrated our beautiful daughter, Mikayla's 1st birthday and that’s thanks to the amazing surgeons and staff on the 8th floor!! Mikayla was born with a rare diagnosis of Pentalogy of Cantrell which included several heart defects.
Every patient scheduled for surgery will have a pre-operative appointment. At this pre-op appointment, you and your child will receive information about the upcoming surgery, including when to stop eating, what time to arrive at the hospital, what will happen during surgery, how long you'll have to stay at the hospital, what kind of anesthesia your child will be given and other instructions.
Pre-op visits generally take a full day. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to this pre-operative appointment.
On the day of the cardiac pre-op visit, check in at the main pre-op/admitting area located on the first floor in the main hospital. You will then be sent directly to the Pre-Op cardiac office on the second floor in the Farley building.
A nurse practitioner will talk with you and your child and perform a physical exam. You and your child will also meet with a cardiologist, surgical fellow, anesthesiologist and your cardiovascular surgeon.
A tour of the Cardiac Inpatient Unit and the Cardiac ICU can also be arranged during your pre-op visit if you want one.
Cardiac pre-op appointments begin at 8:30 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. A Child Life specialist is always available to explain to your child what goes on during a surgery or cardiac catheterization.
Tests that may be ordered for your child during his or her pre-op appointment include blood tests, chest X-Rays, MRIs, echocardiograms, EKGs and lung scans. Also, blood will be drawn so it can be analyzed and so it will be available during surgery.
For more information or any questions, please contact the Cardiac Pre-op Clinic, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 617-355-6095.
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