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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An X-ray is a type of image used to show parts of the body. Usually, the X-ray machine is positioned in front of the patient, with the camera film behind them.

Pain relief using transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a safe, easy to use, drug-free method of managing pain. A very low level electrical current is applied to areas of the body using soft gel pads that stick to the skin. The low level electrical current stimulates nerves in the body that help to reduce pain. This information sheet from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about the use of TENS and how it works

Bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA)

A bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) is similar to other hearing aids, but instead of being inserted into the ear canal or held behind the ear, it is attached to a soft band worn on the head or fixed to a metal implant inserted into the skull. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) describes the type of BAHAs used at GOSH, what is involved in fitting them and what to expect during treatment.

Nasopharyngeal airways for craniofacial conditions

A nasopharyngeal airway is a small, plastic tube that keeps your child’s nostrils open, allowing them to breathe more easily. Children with craniofacial conditions may need a nasopharyngeal airway. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) explains about nasopharyngeal airways, why they might be needed for children with craniofacial conditions and how to look after them at home.