Urology: Robotic Surgery Prep Book

Pediatric Urology:
Robotic Surgery Preparation Book
Hi, my name is Manny and this is my mom. I came to the hospital
for surgery today. My surgery was called robotic surgery. This means that the doctor was
going to use a special tool, called a robot, to perform my surgery. You can follow me
through the steps of my surgery day so you know what your
surgery day will be like.
Outpatient Surgery Registration
This is the first room I went to at
the hospital. It’s called Outpatient
Surgery Registration. It’s a big
waiting room with a lot of chairs.
Other people are waiting for their
surgeries, too.
Reception/Information Desk
My mom and I checked in with the nice
ladies at the Reception/Information
desk. I brought my own books and toys
so I could play with those while my
mom filled out the paper work.
What will you bring when you come to
the hospital?
Checking Height and Weight
When the nurse called my name,
she took me and my mom to a
room where she checked my
height and weight. I’ve done this
at the doctor’s office before!
Checking Temperature
The nurse also checked my
temperature. It tickled across
my forehead.
Exam Room or Pre-Op Room
My nurse took me to another
room called the “exam room”
or “pre-op room.” In this
room, I changed into some
funny hospital pajamas. My
nurse also gave me a
wristband that had my name
and my birthday written on
it. This wristband is so the
doctors and nurses know
exactly who I am.
Some doctors came to see me in the pre-op room. The
doctor who was doing my surgery drew on my stomach with a
marker. This is so everyone knows where I’m having surgery.
Another doctor called an
anesthesiologist (an-ess-THEEZ-ee-ah-lo-gist)
came to see me. That is a fancy
word for a “sleepy medicine
doctor.” That doctor’s job was to
give me anesthesia (an-ess-THEEZ-ya) or
sleepy medicine so I wouldn’t see,
feel, or hear anything while the
doctors did the surgery.
When the doctors and nurses
were ready for me, I rode on
my bed with wheels down the
hallway and up the elevator
toward the Operating Room.
My mom came too!
Operating Room
This is what the Operating Room looked like. This is the room where the doctor did my surgery.
The machine right
next to the bed
is what the
used to help give my
sleepy air.
Right above the
bed are some
lights – I think
they looked like
spaceships or
Here’s a bed
that I moved to.
This is the tool that the doctor
used to perform my surgery.
Pulse Ox
In the Operating Room,
the nurse put a pulse ox on my
finger. It was sticky, kind of like a
band-aid, and it had a little red light
on the end. It listened to my
Then, the nurse put leads on
my chest and stomach. These round
stickers listen to my heartbeat and my
breathing. They’re kind of cold and
Anesthesia Mask
Next, the doctor helped hold
the anesthesia mask over my
nose and mouth. This is the
mask that gave me sleepy air
so I can take a special
medicine nap during surgery.
I got to pick out a yummy
smell to go inside the mask.
My choices were: strawberry,
cherry, watermelon, grape,
root beer, bubble gum, and
orange. I picked strawberry!
What smell will you pick for
your mask?
I took deep breaths in
through my nose so I could
smell the strawberry smell.
I started to feel giggly and
goofy. Then, I drifted off to
I stayed asleep the whole
time during surgery.
Recovery Room or Wake-up Room
After the surgery was
finished, I woke up in the
Recovery Room. My mom was
right by my side. In this room,
I still had the leads on my
chest and stomach and the
pulse ox on my finger. I also
woke up with the blood
pressure cuff.
Another thing I woke up with
was something called an IV.
IV stands for “intravenous” or
“into my vein.” This is a
medicine straw that helps to
get medicines and fluids to my
body. I got my IV after I was
asleep, but before I woke up.
My most important job
in the Recovery Room was to
tell my nurse how I felt. When I woke up,
the lower part of my stomach, called the
abdomen (ab-doh-men), was kind of sore and
uncomfortable. My mom reminded me to
tell my nurse if I hurt. When the nurse
gave me medicine through my IV,
it worked really fast.
My Overnight Room at the Children’s Hospital
After my surgery, I had to stay
overnight in the hospital so
the doctors and nurses could
make sure my body was
healing the exact way they
wanted it to.
I rode in my bed down some
hallways and up a couple
elevators to get to that room.
This is the room I stayed in at the Children’s Hospital. In this room, I had a bed, a
chair that my mom could sleep in overnight, my own bathroom, and my own
television. I even had a room service menu where I could pick out my own food!
You will spend one or two
nights at the hospital. When
the doctors say your body is
better, it will be time to go
Parents, if you’d like to learn more information…
Please visit the OU Children’s Physicians
pediatric robotic surgery website:
www.goodbyefears.com is an animated
website designed to educate children, in a
developmentally appropriate way, about
medical equipment they’ll see, rooms they’ll
go to, and people they’ll meet on surgery
day. There’s also a “Parent” tab that includes
beneficial information for you.
Child life specialists are experts in child
development and are trained to help
prepare children for medical events,
including surgeries.
If you have questions and would like to
speak to a child life specialist prior to
your child’s surgery day, please contact:
Alyssa Geis, CCLS
Outpatient Surgery Child Life Specialist
Phone: 405.271.4952, ext 2, option 9.

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