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- Review all surgical patient documents and note any questions to discuss with the physician after surgery.
- Restrict your child from eating and drinking at least eight hours before his or her surgery.
- Prepare a comfortable area at home for your child to recover when you return home.
- Stock up in advance on clear liquids, pain relievers and other supplies.
- Write down any questions you have for the physician at the time of admitting and before going home.
- Let your child know what to expect using age-appropriate language.
- Review all surgical patient documents. These documents will tell you what you need to know and how to prepare.
- Family members will wait in the facility’s family room while the attending physician and staff perform the procedure.
- Pain and fever may occur after surgery. Relieve it with Tylenol or a prescribed pain medication, depending on your child’s age.
- Keep your child hydrated with clear liquids and soft foods. Anesthesia can cause nausea, so food intake may be minimal.
- Restrict physical activity, such as running, jumping and contact sports, until your child has completely recovered.
- Call our office if any questions arise after you get home.
Surgical Patient Documents