Lee Beerman, MD
- pediatric cardiology
Location and Office HoursChildren's Hospital of Pittsburgh Heart Center
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
- monday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- tuesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- wednesday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- thursday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Coventry Health Care
- Coventry HealthAmerica
- First Health
- Great-West Healthcare Cigna
- Highmark BlueCross BlueShield
- UPMC Health Plan
- Unison Health Plan
- United Healthcare
- Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Dubois Regional Medical Center West
- Hamot Medical Center
- Latrobe Hospital
- Magee-Womens Hospital
- Medical Center of Beaver
- UPMC Presbyterian
When can my child shower after lower spine surgery?
Intermountain Healthcare answeredYour child may shower after 2 days. Carefully pat to dry the wound and Steri-Strip skin closures. Your child should not take a bath for 2 weeks. Until your child can shower, clean him off with a warm washcloth and soap. Allow the Steri-Strip skin closures crossing your child's incision to fall off as the wound heals.
How can I make surgery easier for my child?
Surgery can scare the heck out of kids, just as it can scare adults. These four strategies can reduce fear and ease the journey for both you and your child.
- Put on your game face. For some parents, the hardest part of their child’s surgery is trying not to fall apart themselves. But your child will be looking to you to see how you’re doing, so you’ve got to be supportive, loving, sympathetic, and above all, calm. Even if you’re a basket case, put on a happy face, hold hands with your child, and show him that you’re confident that the outcome will be positive and everything will go as expected. If you need help getting yourself through this, contact the hospital’s social worker and ask for tips.
- Banish any misplaced guilt. Young children sometimes secretly believe that their medical problem and the operation is a form of punishment for being bad. Reassure your child that this problem is not the result of anything he or she did. Even if the problem might have been prevented—say, a bike accident when your son wasn’t wearing his helmet—lay off the lectures until well after his surgery. Say, in a week or two. He doesn’t need the extra stress of feeling guilty when he’s having an operation and trying to recover.
- Take a tour. Many hospitals have pre-op tours for children so they can try on a surgical mask, dress up in a hospital gown, handle a stethoscope, and see the kind of bed they will be in. Getting a glimpse of the hospital can take away the fear of the unknown. Your child will see that the staff is friendly and that there are other kids in the hospital who are coming and going.
- Practice coping skills. The day you arrive, a child life specialist or social worker may teach your child calming skills, such as deep breathing and positive mental imagery, but you can practice those at home before you arrive, too. Provide lots of praise and support. During recovery, your child may feel pain or discomfort, and it helps to have ways to offset those feelings and even reduce the need for pain medications.
From The Smart Parent's Guide: Getting Your Kids Through Checkups, Illnesses, and Accidents by Jennifer Trachtenberg.
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How would my child be treated for abnormalities of the genitalia?
Many of these conditions can be treated by surgical means and ultimately sexual and fertility potential established. These disorders require close and immediate consultation between the pediatric urologist, pediatric endocrinologist, geneticist and neonatal intensive care physician to determine what possible abnormalities are seen in the genes, hormones, and anatomy.
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