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Having a SEMLS Procedure? Get Help Planning—Now!

Posted On: 01/29/2013

Categories: Family Focus Edition

Single-event multilevel surgery (SEMLS) is one of the most complex procedures we perform at Gillette. If your child is having this type of orthopedic surgery, be sure to ask about our preoperative SEMLS classes.

You’ll join other families to tour the hospital and meet with rehabilitation             therapists, child life specialists, social workers and nurses. The session teaches you how to care for a child after SEMLS, with information on:

  • Bathing and toileting
  • Helping your child get in and out of bed and go up and down stairs
  • Transferring your child into and out of a car

If you have questions or want to register, call Jackie Norling, physical therapist, at 651-312-3198. Or register by email: Next classes are March 2 and May 4.

Please note: these sessions are only for families of children undergoing SEMLS. To learn about other nonmedical resources for Gillette patients and families, call Child and Family Services at 651-229-3855.



Hi Jackie,

I am a Registered Nurse at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital in Newcastle, Australia… job sharing as acting Clinical Nurse Consultant in Paediatric Orthopaedics. We are currently revising our approach to SEMLS procedures with information that could be provided to our parents, staff and clients. At the moment we have no such material. I have printed off a copy of your “All About Your Single Event Multilevel Surgery(SEMLS)” booklet to help guide us through the process and we currently having weekly meetings discussing and planning our approach to a booklet that we can provide for these individuals. I was wondering if there was anything else you can add to help us with this process - information, journals, guidelines. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Scott

By Scott Erskine on 06/01/2013