nfants: This is the time when Dr. Kim will meet with you and your baby and evaluate both function and anatomy. Dr. Kim, our IBCLC, and our parents talk together about the best plan of care for the infant, often we perform same day procedures for infants. Our parents relax in one of our two nurseries during the procedure and are only away from their baby for 10 minutes. We use a CO2 laser, which is a non contact, minimally invasive, very precise laser that creates minimal post op discomfort for your infant. We offer topical specifically compounded for safe use in infants, but no sedation is ever used during infant releases.
*We ask for parents to bring in a small amount of breastmilk if breastfeeding on day of the procedure. We use 5-10mL during the procedure to comfort infant.
Toddlers (18 months-3 years): We do not use sedation in this age group. We use a specially compounded topical anesthetic and sometimes may use a lidocaine injection on a case by case basis. Parents join their child during the procedure when desired and the procedure itself takes seconds. Dr. Kim reviews wound/ stretches with parents to ensure optimal healing.
Older Children (3 years-18 years): In this age group, sedation is offered to parents who desire it, and is recommended on a case by case basis based on the child’s ability to handle the procedure. The levels of sedation that are offered range from nitrous oxide, mild oral sedation, and deep IV sedation with a Board Certified Pediatric Anesthesiologist all performed in house. Sutures are a great option in this age range to promote primary closure of the wound and prevent reattachment. Sutures do require a higher level of cooperation from the child therefore often require some form of sedation. In this age range, working with a therapist is almost always necessary and will have prepared you for release with exercises. Dr. Kim will review wound care and pain management with you after the procedure.
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