Pediatric Perioperative Wellness Program
Whether you are a patient or someone who is supporting a patient during their perioperative journey, you know that having a surgical procedure can sometimes cause stress. By participating in the PPWP, you will have a chance to learn several mind-body techniques that have been shown to decrease the effects of stress on the body and can potentially make the process of having a procedure or surgery less difficult.
This program is open to patients 10-20 years old who are scheduled to have an invasive procedure or surgery and are interested in learning ways to improve their experience. The program consists of several parts:
- Participate in a live, small group session, where you will learn about how the body’s stress response system works and how you can control it. At this session, you will be introduced to, and be able to practice, several specific techniques that will teach your body to associate certain activities and actions with relaxation and calm.
- Practice any or all of the techniques at home as you approach the date of your procedure or surgery We provide you with all of the materials you might need and a workbook to remind you exactly how to practice.
- Come for your procedure, where we will encourage you to use the techniques you have been working on at home during your time with us.
- Follow up with your surgeon or proceduralist, and bring back any borrowed equipment. We will check in with you and get feedback about your experience with the program.
Some of the techniques included in our program are:
- Self-Administered Auricular Acupressure
- Coherence Breathing using a HeartMath Inner Balance Biosensor
- Mindfulness and Guided Body Scans
If you or your child are interested please contact the Center for Perioperative Medicine to sign up for a Pediatric Wellness skills session at: 585-262-9150
We look forward to meeting you!
Lynnie Correll MD PhD, FAAP, FAIHM
Director, Pediatric Perioperative Wellness Program
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine and Pediatrics
Golisano Childrens Hospital at the University of Rochester