I had multiple surgeries as a child, and i wouldn't hesitate to let my children go under if it was for an actual medical procedure.
Breast implants, or a tummy tuck, not so much (i suppose, at 17/18 i'd consider a breast reduction if they had gigantum boobs though).
But most drs i've talked to rarely suggest surgery unless its genuinely necessary - and i'd still freak out, and double guess myself, but i'd be ok with saying yes. - with some imput from my kid/s, but that would depend on their age of course as well.
[necessary! - that certainly means no genital surgery, unless genuinely warranted ]
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14-03-2012 22:55 #11
14-03-2012 22:56 #12
We had DD have an Adenotonsillectomy 2 months ago (18 months old) after she suffered severe tonsillitis every 2 weeks from 7 months old.
Hardest thing I've ever done was watching and holding her when they gave her the general.
So glad we had it done though. She doesn't remember it and recovered SO quickly. Also she can eat "normal" toddler food now and gets a real sleep every night instead of constant waking from inability to breathe properly.
Also, I haven't needed to give her panadol/nurofen or AB's for 6 weeks and I'm so happy about that.
14-03-2012 23:01 #13
I think I'd agree to anything with a solid medical reason. I'd need to meet and trust who was doing it though, and would expect full disclosure. If there are options, I'd try to go with the lowest risk / least invasive.
DD got her daddy's killer long eyelashes but the pay-off was that she got his ears too - they stick out. I think it's adorable but I'm sure she'll hate it when she's older. I don't think I'd agree to her getting them pinned unless they're really bad as she gets older.
14-03-2012 23:03 #14
14-03-2012 23:08 #15
Anything that was absolutely medically necessary, or as a pp said - to improve quality of life.
15-03-2012 10:37 #16
I would consider any surgery that is needed. Dd will be getting seen to see if she needs her tonsils and adenoids out this year, constant runny nose, snoring, hard to get going in the morning etc. she's had all her vaccine's. Had a blood test last week to check for allergies and dairy intolerance. I'm happy for her to get one set of earring once she is 5.
15-03-2012 11:04 #17Senior Member
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share a book
Hi. Just went through the gastroscopy/biopsy thing with dd1. Wishing sincerely that I hadn't.
Positive blood test, off the scale, plus skinny kid, plus family history equals coeliac disease. I mean, what are the odds of it being anything else? The paed insisted on 'ticking all of the boxes' with the biopsy.
So anyway, the little un comes out of anaesthetic in the horrors, like they do, and I'm trying to console her, while the surgeon is telling me that "It looks like she has coeliac disease".
No sh*t, Sherlock. Fair dinkum, I nearly decked the pompous eff wit.
Phew. Glad I got that out.
15-03-2012 11:05 #18
Anyway I would get things done if I believed there was a good reason. For example if my DD was a teen and had a bad nose or something. I knew a girl at school who had lets say a big nose and her parents let her fix it at 16. She was so much happier after. So something like that I would allow if she actually had a big nose and wasn't just imaging it.
15-03-2012 11:25 #19
15-03-2012 11:43 #20Our family is complete!
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Only after I've gone off and explored all other options first and am positive that surgery is the right way to go. eg. one year ago DD1 had her hearing tested and she had hearing loss from glue ear. The suggested treatment was grommets, something considered to be quite low risk. She wasn't having sore ears, just blocked ears so I did my research and learnt that kids don't need grommets after the age of 8 and that osteopathic treatment can help. So we went to an osteopath who treated her twice and her ears were clear...hearing improved and doctor had a very clear vision of her ear drum and said all looked perfect. whenever they get blocked we just go the osteopath but we've only had two lots of treatments. She's 6 so two years to go and this will no longer be a problem.
Other things like when she got tested for Cealiacs before she was 2 and I knew that the blood test could give false results before the age of 2, I would have put her on the gluten free diet and had her re-tested at 2 and then gone from there.
I wouldn't hesitate if it was something I felt one of my kids really needed though but I research my options first, both western and otherwise. Had DD1's ears not been fixed with alternative treatments we would have gone ahead with the grommets.
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