Your Child’s Day of Surgery
Please check in at the front desk 1 hour before the scheduled procedure.
At check-in, we will ask you to complete admission forms, show a picture ID with proof of address, and sign the surgery consent. We will ask for your insurance card and any required deposit or copayment (cash, check, VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted).
In pre-surgery, both parents are invited to remain with their child until they are taken into the OR. You will change your child into a surgical gown and help them get comfortable in bed. Our nurse will place a surgical ID on your child’s wrist. Once comfortable, the nurse will review the medical history again, medications and supplements, and then start an intravenous line.
Our anesthesiologist will visit with you and your child in pre-surgery. This doctor will asses your child’s vital signs, lab results or tests, and ask more details about health history, medications and any anesthesia experiences. He will describe the anesthesia care plan and ask you to sign the consent. Our goal: keeping your child safe, comfortable and at ease before, during and after surgery.
Finally, your surgeon will visit with you and your child to make sure you’re prepared, and will mark the surgical site on your child’s body.
Once your child is ready, we will move your child into the operating room and ask you to take a seat in the waiting room, where you will be close at hand. Our team will provide tender, nurturing care.
Recovery after surgery: Once the procedure is complete, your child will be moved into Phase I recovery, monitored by a post-operative nurse and the anesthesiologist, and given medications for pain relief. Your surgeon will talk with you about the surgical outcomes. Your child will then be moved into Phase II recovery where you can be present as the child awakens. You will receive post-operative instructions specific to your child’s procedure. Once your child is medically ready for discharge, you will be cleared to return home. Time in recovery usually lasts about 1 hour.
Recovery at home: There will be residual effects of the anesthesia for about 24 hours. Allow your child to rest under your observation as you follow up on discharge orders and monitor progress. Once your child can tolerate liquids, you can introduce something soft such as mashed potatoes. Children can usually resume a normal diet in the evening after surgery. Check with your doctor about the specifics of your child’s diet.
If your child experiences any complications or adverse side effects, call your doctor or 911.
We will call the next day to check how your child is doing. Have your child continue to rest until fully recovered, following your doctor’s instruction for return to routines and activities.