A typical surgical day starts with pediatricians checking the first patients of the day as the ORs prepare for a full day of surgery.
The rounds then move upstairs to the post-op ward to examine those from yesterday’s procedures.
The doctors remove tongue stitches from the palate cases and the nurses remove IVs when the child is ready to take fluid on his/her own.
Rounds are a perfect time when parents express any concerns and ask questions of the doctors.
It can also be an emotional time when patient expectations were higher than the surgery allowed. Chumki, 17, believed that one operation would completely remove the large growth on her left cheek. This was not the case. She’ll need more surgeries. Biebie offers her comfort.