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My daughter (who is now 4) has had four surgeries--three on her eyes, and one on her trachea. I was SO NERVOUS for them all, but she did awesome. Her first surgery was when she was 15 months, and it was to open her "blocked tear ducts". They got in there, and realized that her tear ducts weren't blocked--they were severely narrowed. They did what they could, but she still was getting eye infections every 3-4 weeks. So, when she was 23 months, the next surgery was for tear duct stents. This surgery was supposed to last 45 minutes max, so you can imagine how my husband and I were doing when, FIVE HOURS INTO THE SURGERY, she still wasn't out and no one had come to talk to us. It turned out that her situation was worse than expected, and it just took a long time. The third surgery was for subglottic stenosis (a narrowing of the windpipe) along with removal of her tonsils. She was 26 months old. Then, the stents got infected and her eyes started bleeding spontaneously, and so at age 2.5, she had to have the stents out (her fourth surgery). We were expecting to go through a few more surgeries, but to our delight, the stents had enough time to work and she's been perfect since!

Going through the surgeries was tough. My daughter went through a period of intense anger and frustration after the one on her windpipe (which required two hospital stays and lots of quiet recovery). The eye surgeries were all outpatient. However, I would say that while the surgery is nerve-racking for YOU, you'll be very, very surprised at how quickly your child will bounce back. Kids aren't like us--they take things in stride and go back to being kids very quickly.

One other piece of advice: with each surgery, the pediatric anesthesiologist gave our daughter (and our son, when he had tubes put in his ears) a "cocktail" ahead of time. It's a mix of tylenol and Versed. The Tylenol gives them pain relief in advance, and the Versed makes them "drunk" and happy, and will erase their immediate memory right prior to the surgery (it has no effect on their memory long-term). We opted for "the cocktail" every time because when I would bring our kids back to the OR for the surgery, it allowed me to break down, if I needed to, without impacting our children's feelings, and made putting the mask over their face completely "painless" where they were concerned--our kids felt so good from the cocktail, that they happily let the drs. use the mask to breathe them to sleep, and I wasn't faced with holding down a screaming, frightened child. If you are offered this option, I would seriously consider taking it.

Good luck!