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What are anorectal malformations? Anorectal malformations are birth defects where the anus and rectum (bottom) do not develop properly. They occur in an around 1 in 4,000 newborn babies and can range from mild to complex. What type of anorectal malformation does my baby have? Perineal fistula or...

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What is umbilical hernia? Umbilical (belly button) hernia is a defect or hole in the wall of the tummy at the belly button. This causes a bulge and sometimes the bowel or fat from inside the tummy can come up into the hernia through the belly button. What cause umbilical hernia? Umbilical hernia is...

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A pyeloplasty (kidney pelvis reconstruction) is an operation we do when your child has a blockage between the pelvis (main drainage area) and the ureter (the tube that joins the kidney and the bladder). For more information, please visit this infoKID resource. How do I know if my child has...

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What is urodynamics? Urodynamics is a test that gives us information about the layout or anatomy of the urinary tract but also gives us information about how it functions. It is a day procedure with no overnight stay. The test is in 2 parts: the filling and the emptying.  It has to be done...

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For more information about anaesthetic risks, please see the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) infographic here. The following information below provides more detail about the side effects and risks associated with general anaesthesia in children. Common side effects of general anaesthesia...

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Chris uses Makaton and Widgit symbols to show us what happens when Rory goes for an operation.

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A resource created with Widgit of the journey of going for a daycase operation.

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What do I need to do before the operation? You will need to come into the hospital with your child and you will be asked to sign a consent form for this operation. What happens on the day of the operation? When you arrive at the hospital you will have the chance to talk about… Continue...

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This resource is aimed at children aged 7 to 12 years old but may be found useful by anyone who is undergoing limb reconstruction surgery themselves or who knows somebody who is. It can be used to help you look at how you feel about the surgery and give you some ideas to help you… Continue...

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Important information – please read If your child has to go into hospital for an operation or procedure they may need to have a ‘general anaesthetic’. A general anaesthetic makes sure that your child is unconscious and free of pain during an operation or procedure. Having an...

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What is an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV)? An endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is an operation, done by our neurosurgical team, under a general anaesthetic. It treats some types of hydrocephalus by making a small hole in the bottom of the third ventricle to improve the flow of...

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Why is hip reconstruction surgery necessary? Children who have difficulty standing and walking are at increased risk of hip problems. The hip joint is made up of a ball and a socket. Reduced standing and walking can lead to the shape of the hip developing differently increasing the risk of the ball...

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This resource has been designed to help you remember the exercises and advice the therapist went through with you whilst in hospital. The exercises should be done slowly and smoothly. Some discomfort may be noted whilst doing these exercises after surgery. If pain is limiting doing the exercises,...

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Why am I being asked if I might be pregnant before I have my operation, X-ray, treatment or test? We know that some tests and procedures put an unborn baby at risk of harm. These include certain X-rays, scans, operations and some medicines. In order to prevent the possibility of harming an unborn...

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This resource from the Royal College of Anaesthetists explains what to expect when your child comes into hospital to have an operation with a general anaesthetic. It has been written by anaesthetists, working together with patient representatives and parents.

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The ‘FITBONE ® Nail’ is a very clever metal rod that is inserted into a bone and used to lengthen it. It is similar to the ‘Precice’ nail that we also use (Please see separate information sheet). Below shows an example of a girl who had her right thigh bone lengthened using...

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Emergency, urgent, and trauma theatre list The EUT theatre list is for patients who need an operation very quickly. Your child has been added to this theatre list to have a procedure or operation under general anaesthetic. This means that they will be given medicine so that they are not awake for...

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Before your operation Keep yourself as active and as strong as you can. Carry on doing your normal sports, walking and activities, unless you have been told not to by your doctor or physiotherapist. Have a go at the exercises in this resource so you know that you can do them and what they...

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Will my child be in pain after the procedure? There is usually some pain or discomfort in the first few days after an operation. How much pain your child is in, depends on the type of procedure they have had. The pain may not be too bad straight away, because of the medicines and anaesthetic…...

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If your child is having limb reconstruction surgery, you and your child may be feeling apprehensive, excited, or confused. We hope to give you some idea of what is ahead of you as a family and how to cope with treatment. Every family is different and has its own way of dealing with things,...

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It is very important that children are given regular painkillers after having a tonsillectomy, so that they can recover comfortably and begin to eat and drink normally as soon as possible. Here are some commonly asked questions and answers: Will my child experience a lot of pain? It is common for...

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A Royal College of Anaesthetics (RCOA) story for younger children about having an anaesthetic.

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This resource from the Royal College of Anaesthetists is perfect for teens wanting to answer questions about having an anaesthetic.

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Why does my child need a preoperative care clinic appointment? A preoperative appointment allows us to prepare your child safely for their operation. It can help identify any areas where we can improve their general health before having an anaesthetic. It is also an opportunity for you to ask any...

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