Procedures and treatments

Preparing a child for a procedure or treatment can be an anxious occasion. Great Ormond Street Hospital have produced a number of factsheets to help explain what will happen and what to expect.

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy and surgery 

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains some of the potential risks and benefits of your child having an operation as well as some other things to consider when discussing surgery. Your child may not need surgery for many years, if ever, but we would like you to be aware of the potential risks and benefits in advance so that you and your child are prepared when surgery is needed

Helping your teenager through transition from GOSH to adult neuromuscular services

Transition is a planned process. It aims to:
  • support teenagers in the development of skills to become more independent in their healthcare
  • support parents in helping their teenager to achieve this to the best of their ability and
  • prepare for transfer from child-centred healthcare to adult healthcare services. 
This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) offers you some suggestions about how you might help your teenager to move through transition.

Sleep study

A sleep study is a test to see what happens to your body when it is asleep. When we are asleep, we are not usually aware of what is happening with our basic functions. For example our breathing can become laboured, we can snore or make funny movements. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains what to expect when your child arrives to have a sleep study. 

Biopsy

A biopsy is a small sample of tissue taken from the body so it can be examined under a microscope and tested chemically in the laboratories. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the procedure to take a biopsy in the Interventional Radiology department. 

Bronchoscopy, bronchogram and optical coherence tomography studies

This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about bronchoscopy and bronchogram (B&B) studies and also the optical coherence tomography (OCT) study, which can be carried out during the same procedure. It explains why these may be suggested and what to expect. This combination of tests is carried out in the Interventional Radiology department. 

Cerebral angiography

Cerebral angiography is a test that is carried out to study the blood vessels in the brain and neck. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the cerebral angiography procedure and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH to have one.

Drainage or aspiration of fluid by Interventional Radiology

Fluid can build up inside the body for many reasons. Small amounts of fluid can be drawn off using a needle and syringe. This is called aspiration. Larger amounts or thicker liquid will need to be drained over a period of time using a thin plastic tube. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the procedure to drain or aspirate fluid from the body, what it involves and what to expect when your child comes to the Interventional Radiology department for treatment.

Embolisation

Embolisation is a way of blocking abnormal blood vessels. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about embolisation, why it might be suggested and what to expect when your child comes to GOSH for treatment.