Questions to ask before procedures

You need information prior to procedures in order to prepare yourself and your child. Some suggested questions to ask the physician are:

• Why is this procedure necessary and how will it affect my childs treatment?

• What information will it provide?

• Who will perform the procedure?

• Will it be an inpatient or outpatient procedure?

• Please explain the procedure in detail.

• Is there any literature available that describes it?

• Is there a child life specialist on staff who will help prepare my child for the procedure?

• If not, are there nurses, social workers, or parents who can come talk to me about how to prepare my child?

• Is the procedure painful?

• How long will the procedure take?

• What type of anesthetic or sedation is used?

• What are the common and rare side effects?

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