Ever since Sophie was a baby, she's had an umbilical hernia (her belly button sticks out). If the hernia hasn't closed up by age 5, they recommend it be fixed. It is very minor surgery (about 1 stitch), but because it would be tough to do local anaesthetic on a child, they recommend a general.
So, Sophie will be going into day surgery in Kamloops sometime next Feb/March (after her 5th birthday). The doctor we saw today in Kamloops was very nice and had a great way with Sophie (plus she is a mom of 4 kids, which helps in my books).
Sophie took it pretty well -- I'm sure there will be more worries as we get closer to the date, but for now she was more interested in the Cotton Candy ice cream she got after her appointment today.