Pediatric Surgery at St. John Hospital
The St. John Hospital Pediatric Ambulatory Surgery Unit (PASU) is an 11-bed unit that accommodates scheduled and elective surgical and medical procedures for pediatric patients, including pre-procedural screening and care, and post-operative Level II recovery. A wide variety of pediatric surgeries and procedures are performed, including: general surgery; ophthalmologic procedures; urologic procedures; gastroenterological procedures including endoscopy and gastroscopy; ear/nose/throat surgeries; orthopedic surgeries; bariatric surgeries; infusions for management of Crohn’s disease.
Most patients are referred to our office by their primary care physician. We ask that families arrive 15 minutes early to complete the needed paperwork. If parents prefer to fill out forms ahead of the appointment day, download them from:www.stjohnprovidence.org/pediatricsurgery.
Children who are hospitalized may be evaluated at the request of their physician. Our recommendations are shared with the child’s family and with their primary care physician. If a condition requiring surgery is diagnosed before birth, we will meet with the parents to explain the nature of the problem and the steps that will be taken to correct the condition. Explanations will be given regarding anticipated results of surgery and expected length of hospitalization.
Post-surgical visits are often necessary and will be scheduled by appointment. For certain routine procedures, post-operative phone follow-up may be an option offered to parents.