Cancer patients in need of surgery, including pediatric neurosurgery, at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center have access to world-class pediatric surgical oncologists, state-of-the-art facilities, and a dedicated anesthesiology department for pre-, peri- and postoperative care.
Working alongside patient care teams, our pediatric surgical oncologists are able to quickly and effectively respond to the needs of our patients when surgery is required. Our clinical resources, such as our anesthesiology department, medical subspecialty programs, intensive care units, and radiological capabilities provide families and patients with convenience during what can be a very stressful time.
Working together with treatment teams from all of our pediatric cancer and blood disorders centers, our surgical oncologists are prepared at all times for surgical intervention as a primary or complimentary component of a patient’s treatment plan.
Surgery can be required for multiple reasons:
One of the many benefits we offer patients is a state-of-the-art anesthesiology department available for all peri-operative care and needs (preoperative evaluation, postoperative intensive care unit medicine, pain management, etc.). Prior to surgery, the surgeon and anesthesiologist will visit with the child and her parents to discuss the surgical procedure and answer any questions they may have regarding the pre-, peri-, and postoperative care. After surgery, patients go to a post-anesthesia care unit or the intensive care unit (ICU) depending on the type of surgery and medical complexity involved. Generally, you and your child will experience one of several options after a surgical procedure:
In some cases, children can go home the same day they have a minor surgical procedure. After major surgery, however, the child may need to stay in the hospital for a few days or sometimes longer. When the surgeon determines the child can be discharged, the medical team and your surgeon will discuss home care and provide parents with clear instructions for care and any prescriptions that are needed.
Our pediatric neurosurgeons have one of the nation’s few operating rooms with an MRI inside, which means they can simultaneously perform surgery and obtain detailed images to ensure maximum removal of your child’s tumor.
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