What Is The UroSurgical PrePARE Program?
Deciding to move forward with urological surgery can be a difficult, stressful time for patients and their families. The UroSurgical PrePARE program was developed by our pediatric urology team to guide you through the process.
The goal of the UroSurgical PrePARE visit is to get a patient and their family ready for an upcoming urological surgery. We assess a patient’s risk and their response to treatment before surgery as well as share appropriate education and planning resources. This is different than a visit with your primary care provider or your pre-operative history and physical appointment; this visit provides an additional layer of support and individualized recommendations.
Preparing For The Visit
To get the most out of your PrePARE visit, make sure our Gillette Pediatric Urology team has access to all of your child’s past urological and gastroenterological records for review, before your appointment. Our team can assist in this process if needed.
Please come to the visit with any questions you may have about the surgery, recovery, or maintenance. Please include any questions that your child may have as well.
You do not need to have your child’s urological surgery scheduled to complete your UroSurgical PrePARE visit. The visit should occur ideally occur 6-8 weeks before the surgery date.
During The Visit
During your visit, you will spend 90 minutes to two hours with the pediatric urology nurse practitioner, who has reviewed your child’s past medical and surgical histories before your visit. Together, you will identify any risk factors that may affect your child’s surgery or outcome and develop a plan to address them.
To ensure that your child has the best outcome from their urological surgery, this will likely include obtaining a blood sample for laboratory analysis. It is common to evaluate for underlying anemias, deficiencies and nutrition needs during the UroSurgical PrePARE visit.
The proposed surgical procedure will be explained to you in detail. This includes how to prepare for the procedure, how the surgery is performed, anticipated hospitalization time, the healing process, and care after surgery.
There will be plenty of time to answer any of your questions.
Your Care Team
The Gillette Pediatric Urology department functions together as a team. Information from your visit, including any changes to the plan of care or additional required follow-up, will be communicated to your surgeon and primary care provider as needed.
Please call Gillette Telehealth (651) 229-3890 or contact the Gillette Pediatric Urology Team if you have any questions or concerns.
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your health care providers. If you have any questions, talk with your doctor or others on your health care team. If you are a Gillette patient with urgent questions or concerns, please contact Telehealth Nursing at 651-229-3890.