One or two days before your child's scheduled surgery, you receive a phone call from the pediatric surgical team. The call provides helpful instructions tailored to your child's procedure, including when your child should stop eating and drinking before surgery.
You also get an automated call the afternoon before your child's surgery (2 pm or later) to confirm the time and location. (For Monday procedures, the automated call happens Friday after 2 pm.)
Find someone to care for your other children on the day of surgery. Two adults may accompany pediatric surgical patients, but children, including siblings, cannot be there.
Your child's doctor should let you know ahead of time whether your child is able to go home after the procedure or if they'll be staying in the hospital overnight. Our pediatric inpatient unit has private rooms with private bathrooms for each patient who stays with us.
During the pandemic, we are offering patients and their families a virtual tour of the hospital, to help children know what to expect on the day of surgery. Your child may feel more comfortable going for surgery in a place that looks more familiar.