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Frequently Asked Questions About Pediatric General Surgery

Why should I choose the general surgery program at Brenner Children’s Hospital? 

The pediatric general surgeons at Brenner are the region’s leading experts in general surgery for children and perform the most advanced techniques in the area. We are one of the largest pediatric surgical centers in western North Carolina and one of just 4 pediatric surgical centers in the state. 

Our pediatric general surgeons have trained for many years in both pediatrics and general surgery to provide the best possible care for your child. We work with a team of more than 120 multidisciplinary pediatric specialists across Brenner, including pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric cardiologists and pediatric anesthesiologists, to create individualized treatment plans for each child we treat. 

Where is the department of pediatric general surgery located? 

We are located on the first floor of Brenner Children’s Hospital. 

What is the pediatric general surgery office phone number? 

Our phone number is 336-716-7799. New patients may call 336-716-WAKE or 888-716-WAKE

When are you available? 

A pediatric general surgeon is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for emergencies. Our office hours are from 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment, please call 336-716-7799. New patients may call 336-716-WAKE or 888-716-WAKE

What do you treat? 

The pediatric general surgeons at Brenner are highly trained surgeons with access to the latest in state-of-the-art technology. We work with specialists throughout Brenner Children’s Hospital to provide surgical care for a wide range of pediatric health problems. Learn more about the types of surgical procedures we perform. 

What should I bring with me to an office appointment? 

When you come for your appointment, please bring your child’s medical records and any imaging studies, which should be placed on a CD or other electronic storage device. Please bring your original studies with you, if possible. During your office visit, our doctors will examine your child. If surgery is required, it will be scheduled at a later date. 

What are the steps I need to take to prepare my child for surgery? 

Being there for your child before, during and after surgery is the most important thing you can do to help him or her. Surgery can be a very stressful time; your support helps your child maintain the highest level of emotional health. You may also want to do the following to prepare your child for surgery: 

  • Make a list of questions about your child’s diagnosis and treatment and bring that list to your appointments with your doctor. 
  • Bring some of your child’s favorite things with you for his or her stay at Brenner. Those comfort items might include family photos, books, favorite toys or stuffed animals, music and a portable music player or a laptop computer.
  • You should also bring things to help you during your child’s period of stay at Brenner. It’s important that you also maintain optimal physical and emotional health during your child’s surgery and post-operative treatment. 

We offer a range of support services for patients and their families. Please ask your health care team for more information about Brenner’s support services and a checklist of things to do right before surgery, including any restrictions on food and water intake. 

What should I do to care for my child after surgery? 

Your health care team will review with you the instructions you should follow after your child’s surgery. These instructions will be specific to your child’s type of surgery and his or her individualized care plan. We will arrange a follow-up appointment with you in advance, if needed. If your child is running a fever after you return home, please call us right away at 336-716-7799

Is my child going to be okay? 

Our pediatric general surgeons and anesthesiologists are experts in their field and have been performing surgeries on babies, children, teens and young adults for many years. We use the latest in clinical and technological advancements in the care of our patients and will do all that is medically possible to ensure your child has the best possible outcome during his or her period of care at Brenner Children’s Hospital. In addition, we manage a thorough follow-up care program and work closely with your pediatrician and other pediatric specialists to ensure continued optimal care and treatment for your child. 

What happens next? 

We want you to know each step of your child’s treatment plan. Your doctor will determine this plan and review it with you in great detail. We welcome you to contact us at any time with any questions you may have. 

How often do we need to see you? 

Your treatment schedule will depend upon your child’s surgery and condition. Your pediatric general surgeon will work with you to set up a schedule that fits your schedule and your child’s specific health care needs. 

Can my child play sports and participate in the things they love to do? 

Our goal is to see your child enjoy life. We will do everything possible to get your child back to doing his or her favorite things. Certain conditions and treatments may, however, limit your child’s ability to participate in some sports and other physical activities. Your doctor will provide you with this guidance in detail during your child’s period of care.

 

  • Brenner Children's Hospital
  • New Patient Appointments

    888-716-WAKE

  • Additional Information

    For new patient appointments, you may request an appointment online.
    For returning patient appointments, you may contact the clinic directly.