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HOME CARE & FOLLOW UP

At the time of discharge, you will be given a day and time for a follow-up visit with your neurosurgeon. It usually is booked one to two weeks after your child’ surgery date.

Before leaving the hospital, you will be given specific instructions for your child’s wound care.

You may have been given a prescription for some medications to be used at home. It is a good idea to have it filled at the Rexall Pharmacy on the main floor of the hospital before you actually leave the unit as it may take some time to prepare.

Wound Care:

A little swelling and pinkness around your child’s incision is a normal part of the healing process. However, ask your nurse or doctor what to look for to recognize signs of poor healing or infection. Some key signs are increasing swelling, redness, pus or fluid leakage, or a wider/splitting wound.

There may or may not be a dressing on the wound. Do not apply a dressing to your child’s wound unless your doctor has told you to.

If there are steri-strips (small tapes) on the incision, do not pick at them or pull them off. They will naturally fall off in one to two weeks. There may be some dissolvable blue sutures in your child’s incision – never pull, cut, or pick at them. These may take several weeks to fully dissolve.

You will be told when your child can resume showering. Bathing or swimming is usually not advised for at least 6 weeks until the incision is fully closed and well healed.

When to call your Neurosurgeon or the Nurse Practitioner:
  • Fever - 38.5°C or over (37.0°C is normal) | 101°F or over (98.6°F is normal)
  • Leakage of fluid from the incision.
  • Redness, swelling, or pus around or from the incision.
  • Vomiting – especially if persistent and severe not related to another illness.
  • Headaches – if persistent with no relief, associated with vomiting or if they occur the same time every day.
  • Any pain not relieved with Tylenol or Advil.
THE FOLLOWING IS ONLY IF YOUR CHILD IS ALREADY A PATIENT OF PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY AT THE STOLLERY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL:

If you have any concerns or questions, please call your pediatric neurosurgeon’s office,
Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am - 4:00 pm at:

Dr. Vivek Mehta at 780-407-8346
Dr. Jeffrey Pugh at 780-407-1537
Dr. Keith Aronyk at 780-407-6870
Wendy Beaudoin (NP) at 780-720-7826

***REFERRALS need to be made by a physician only and cannot be made over the phone. New referrals may be faxed from your physician’s office to 780-407-7293.

After 4:00 PM, weekends, or holidays, call 780-407-8822 and ask for the Pediatric Neurosurgeon on-call or if you are in the Edmonton area, proceed to the Stollery Children’s Hospital Emergency Department at 8440-112St. For outside the Edmonton area, proceed to your nearest emergency department.