Patient Procedures

Our library of patient procedures is a useful resource for parents or guardians who are preparing a child for surgery or a diagnostic procedure. These easy-to-understand descriptions of the most common procedures will help parents and their children better understand what to expect. 

Please remember that some children need less information than others in order to be properly prepared. Please contact the Child Life Department, at 412-692-5022, if you would like further support in preparing your child.

List of all available patient procedure sheets.

General Anesthesia
General Anesthesia with Caudal Anesthesia
Parental Presence
Procedural Sedation

Dry Powder Inhaler (Diskus)
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) with a Chamber with Face Mask
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) with a Chamber with Mouthpiece
Nebulizer with Face Mask
Nebulizer with Mouthpiece
Pulmicort Flexhaler

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) Test
Caring for Hearing Aids and Earmolds
Cochlear Implant Surgery
Hearing Aids
Videostroboscopy of the Larynx

Cardiology (Heart Institute)
Echocardiogram (ECHO) 
Electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) 
Electrophysiology Study and Ablation 
Exercise (Stress) Test 
Heart Biopsy 
Heart Catheterization 
Holter Monitoring 
Interventional Heart Catheterization 
Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

Anesthesia and Pediatric Dentistry
Dental Hygiene
Restorative Dentistry
Sedation and Pediatric Dentistry

Continuous Glucose Sensor
Growth Hormone Treatment
Stimulation Testing

Epilepsy Surgery
Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Video EEG 
Magnetoencephalography (MEG)
MRI Scan
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans 
Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)

24-Hour pH Probe 
Capsule Endoscopy 
Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) 
Gastric Emptying Study 
Liver Biopsy

Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Video EEG 
Electromyogram (EMG) Laboratory Examination 
Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap) 
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Scan 
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans

Cataract Extraction Surgery with or without Intraocular Lens Insertion
Eye Examination Under Anesthesia
Eye Movement Recording 
Eye Muscle Surgery
Probe and Irrigation of Nasolacrimal Duct 

Otolaryngology (ENT)
Bilateral Myringotomy and Tubes (BM-T) 
Direct Flexible Laryngoscopy 
Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy 
Tympanoplasty/ Paper Patch Myringoplasty 
Upper Aerodigestive Tract Endoscopy

Plastic Surgery
Alveolar Bone Graft 
Cleft Lip Repair 
Cleft Palate Repair 
Craniofacial Surgery 
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment
Tissue Expansion

Pulmonary Medicine, Allergy & Immunology
Allergy Skin Testing 
Exercise-Induced Asthma Testing
Exhaled Nitric Oxide (ENO) Testing 
Flexible Bronchoscopy 
Food Challenge Testing 
Infant Pulmonary Function Testing (iPFT)
Oscillometry Testing 
Sleep Laboratory
Spirometry Testing 
Sweat Testing

Radiation Oncology
Radiation Therapy

Barium Enema (BE)
CT Scan
DMSA Renal (Kidney) Scan
Gastric Emptying Study 
Image-Guided Biopsies
Joint Aspiration or Joint Injection
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Scan 
Modified Barium Swallow (Cookie Swallow)
MRI Scan
Nuclear Medicine Tests
Pediatric Interventional Radiology
Pediatric Ultrasound
Pediatric X-Ray
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)
Policies and Preparation Tips for Parents and Guardians
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans 
Sedation for Radiologic Studies
Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) Series
Upper Gastrointestinal (UGI) with Small Bowel Series
Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCUG)

Sleep Program
Sleep Laboratory

Surgery, Pediatric
Gastroesophageal Reflux Repair or “Wrap” Surgery
Inguinal (“Groin”) Hernia Repair Surgery
Laparoscopic Appendectomy   
Pectus Excavatum Repair Surgery
Umbilical Hernia Repair Surgery 
Undescended Testicle (Orchiopexy) Repair Surgery

Hypospadias Repair Surgery
Inguinal Hernia Repair Surgery
Orchidopexy Surgery
Ureteral Reimplantation Surgery