Preparing your child and your family for the surgery may help reduce everyone’s stress during this time.
Our team will help your family prepare and cope with the experience. We want you to know what’s going to happen each step of the way.
Learn more about what to expect if your child is having surgery, including:
- What to do once surgery is scheduled
- Tips to help your child feel more comfortable about the surgery
- What to bring the day of the surgery
- What to expect the day of the surgery
- Helpful questions to ask your child’s doctor
- How to prepare for care at home
Most liver transplant surgeries last 6 to 10 hours. During surgery, you will be asked to check in at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on the 6th floor and be given a pager so that staff in the operating room can keep you informed on how your child is doing.
There are many comfortable places to wait at the hospital while your child is in surgery.
If your child has a living donor, the donor’s surgery will take place on the same day at University of Washington Medical Center.