I'm so sorry you have to go through this, but my family and I went through this when my 8 year old niece had to have a non-functional kidney removed two years ago. We sat her down and told her that she will be asleep throughout the entire surgery and we'll be there with her the entire time. Also we took her favorite book and doll with her up to the UVA medical center as well. The day of the surgery she was very scared and so were we, BUT we did not show it. The doctor had her count backwards from 100, and by the time she got to 90, she was out like a log. She did not remember the entire day, and the surgery went well. My point is, there is nothing much you can do to prepare anyone for surgery, but just try to reassure your child that it will be okay, and you will be there with her throughout the entire process, and trust me, she will be great. I hope I helped by sharing my past experience.
at 4:49 PM on Jun. 25, 2010