Preparing For Your Upcoming Surgery

Prior To Surgery

Once your surgery has been scheduled, you will receive a pre-operative packet in the mail from our office to review all the necessary instructions. Please review the entire pre-operative packet and call the office with any further questions.

Preparing For Surgery

Most patients require pre-procedural testing to be completed before surgery. In many cases, medical clearance is required by your pediatrician or primary care doctor in order to be cleared for surgery. Our office will send your physician the necessary documentation required for the medical clearance. Please feel free to ask us any questions before surgery.

Day Before Surgery

  • No food or fluids after midnight the night before your scheduled procedure. This varies by age of the patient and specific instructions will be given on the pre- procedural phone call.
  • Shower/Bathe and shampoo hair the night prior to surgery
  • Plan to arrive at the hospital approximately 2 hours before your procedure

Please remember that a parent or legal guardian needs to be with your child on the day of the surgery. We strongly recommend that you arrange for other children in the family to stay with friends or family.

It is imperative that your child is in the best health prior to their surgery. Please let your surgeon know if your child has had any change in their usual health or has any of the following conditions:

  • Exposure to measles, mumps, or chicken pox
  • Cold symptoms, such as a runny nose, cough, or fever
  • Had any blood thinning products such as aspirin or Ibuprofen 2 weeks prior to surgery
  • Please follow our instructions for stopping these prior to surgery

Things to Bring From Home

  • A list of your child’s current medication including dose and frequency
  • A list of your child’s allergies including food allergies
  • Any CAT scans or MRI films
  • Immunization records
  • Insurance cards
  • Photo identification
  • A packed bag with articles including clothing, toiletries, and any special items for your child. Parents are welcome to remain with their children during the post-operative hospitalization and should pack items as needed.
  • A favorite toy or stuffed animal, blanket, or pacifier

After the procedure

Follow the physicians post-operative discharge instructions as directed.

Upon Discharge, call us if you experience any of the following

Follow the physicians post-operative discharge instructions as directed.

  • Fever over 101F
  • Signs of infection
  • Pain or swelling at the incision
  • Excessive drainage or bleeding from the incision
  • Continued headache, nausea, vomiting

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NOTICE: This website is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or as a substitute for a patient/physician relationship.

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