Before Surgery

  • 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.

During Surgery

  • 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.

After Surgery

  • 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