While in surgery, patients are cared for by a dedicated team of specialists who are specifically trained in pediatric surgery. These people include specially trained technicians who make sure that the surgeon has all of the equipment he or she needs for the child’s surgery or procedure, an operating room nurse who may assist the surgeon, an anesthesiologist whose job it is to make sure the child is safe and comfortable during surgery, and the surgeon.
Surgery/Procedure Waiting Area
Families can wait in the Tidwell Procedure Center lobby. The surgeon will let the patient’s family know how long the procedure should take and will expect to be able to speak with the patient’s caregivers when the surgery is over back in the Tidwell Procedure Center lobby.
During the procedure, family members can keep up-to-date on the patient’s progress using our patient tracking system or with the help of a family liaison. The patient tracking system allows families to stay updated with real-time information on the child’s progress through surgery and recovery on a monitor in the lobby. Family liaisons help families stay informed by communicating with staff on behalf of the family and providing resources like directions to local amenities and much more. The liaisons are an invaluable resource in helping families feel more comfortable and less anxious about the entire surgery process.
Many procedures can take hours and during that time, guardians may want to take a well-deserved break and get something to eat or drink in the cafeteria. Before leaving the Tidwell Procedure Center, legal guardians should let the front desk or the family liaison know so that we may provide a pager in the case we need to be in contact during the procedure.