What to Expect

Pediatric Surgery

Your Office Visit

A child’s visit to the doctor can be challenging for patients and families. Our team is trained in caring for young patients, and our goal is to make your visit as stress-free as possible.

Preparing for your visit:
  • If your child is a new patient, you will receive a new patient packet. Please complete the packet and bring it to your visit.
  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.
Be sure to bring:
  • Identification, such as a drivers license
  • Insurance card
  • Proof of legal guardianship or medical power of attorney if anyone other than the custodial parent is bringing the child to the appointment
  • List of your child's medications
  • Any medical records relating to your child's condition
During your visit:
  • A nurse will review the packet with you and may ask for additional information.
  • The nurse will weigh your child and take vitals such as blood pressure and temperature.
  • You will then meet your medical provider, who will conduct an exam, carefully explain the necessary testing and treatment, and answer all your questions.
  • Minor surgical procedures may be performed in the office.
  • If your child is scheduled for surgery, you will be scheduled for a preadmit appointment and will be given instructions on where the appointment will take place.
If you have any questions before or after your visit, call our office at (406) 758-7089.

The Day of Surgery

The day of surgery
  • Be sure to bring your identification and insurance card.
  • You and your child will check in at the patient registration desk, just inside the west entrance of Kalispell Regional Medical Center.
  • You and your child will meet the nurses, the anesthesia team and your surgeon.
  • During the procedure, please stay in or near the family waiting room. A nurse will update you periodically on the progress of the surgery.
  • After the surgery is finished, the surgeon will visit with you and answer any questions.
  • You will be reunited with child shortly after he or she awakens from anesthesia.
  • If your child is staying in the hospital to recover after surgery, he or she will be cared for by a specially trained pediatric team.

Your Hospital Stay

If your child's surgery requires a hospital stay for recovery, rest assured that a team of nurses with pediatric specialty training will care for your child.
  • Children will stay in a room on the pediatric unit, while babies will recover in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • Pediatric rooms are private, with TV, phone and Wi-Fi.
  • Parents may spend the night with their child.