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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