Recovering in the Hospital After a Procedure or Surgery

Immediately after the procedure or surgery, your child will receive care in the post anesthetic care unit (PACU) or in one of our intensive care units (ICUs).

Some children will go home after recovering in the PACU, while others will be admitted to an acute care unit in the hospital to continue recovering.

If your child is admitted to the hospital, you will meet your care team who will make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions. Every morning, during Family-Centered Rounds, your child’s care team—doctors, nurses, staff and you—will meet to discuss your child’s care plan. You are encouraged to attend these rounds.

Whether you’re here for a few days or several months, we have many resources available for you and your child to help you feel comfortable during your stay.

Click here to print out our helpful guidelines for your next procedure or surgery.

Child Life & Recreation Therapy

With activities like pet assisted therapy and tailored surgery prep, our Child Life specialists strive to reduce stress and embrace the value of play as an important part of healing.