Patient and Parent Education
It can be scary and overwhelming to learn your child needs surgery. APSA’s list of conditions will help you better understand the problem, what can be done, and what to expect when considering pediatric surgery.
It is important to note that this information is intended as a resource only and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes. Please speak with your child’s doctor and medical team about his or her individual medical needs.
Use APSA’s Find a Pediatric Surgeon to locate a pediatric surgeon in your area.
Pain Management for Your Child
See also the AAP parent’s Managing a Child’s Pain After Surgery page.
New for 2022!
New Video Feature
APSA and CAPS (Canadian Association of Paediatric Surgeons) are excited to announce a new family-focused education video initiative for commonly-performed operations. The first video is about inguinal hernia repair surgery. Click here for the video link.
This same video is also found below in the topic list along with comprehensive information to educate you on your child’s inguinal hernia.
Conditions - Updated
Informed Consent Template for Central Venous Catheter pre-op
Postoperative Care Template for Central Venous Catheter post-op
AAP healthychildren.org information on Gallbladder Disease in Children
AAP healthychildren.org information on Gallbladder Removal Surgery (cholecystectomy)
AAP healthychildren.org information on Hypertrophic Pyloric Stenosis (HPS) - Help for Babies with Forceful Vomiting
Informed Consent Template for pyloromyotomy
Postoperative Care Template for pyloromyotomy
AAP healthychildren.org information on Inguinal Hernias in Infants and Children
Informed Consent Template for inguinal hernia repair
Postoperative Care Template for inguinal hernia repair
Interactive Understanding and Comprehensive Care Video for Inguinal Hernia repair
Informed Consent Template for Umbilical Hernia pre-op
Postoperative Care Template for Umbilical Hernia post-op