Prepare Your Child for Surgery


At your doctors office you will complete a medical history and receive pre-surgical instructions specific for your child. You may be asked at that time to sign your doctor’s consent. Prior to the surgery, call your doctor If you continue to have questions about the procedure.

3 to 5 days before the surgery, our nurse will call to confirm your arrival time and answer questions about the Surgery Center. She will ask about your child’s medical history, anesthesia experiences, medications and supplements. Together, you will review your doctor’s pre-surgery instructions. Call 305.228.7550 if you have not received our call by 2:00 PM the day before the surgery. Our insurance specialist will also call about your insurance benefits and any upfront fees required on the day of surgery.

You must arrange transportation for you and your child to the Surgery Center and for transportation home after discharge. You must also arrange to remain at the Surgery Center while your child is in surgery. If you have other children, arrange a guardian to care for them while you are at the Surgery Center. At home after discharge, a responsible adult must be on hand to monitor the child’s recovery.

How long will the surgery take? For most procedures, you can expect to be at the Surgery Center 3 to 4 hours from admission to discharge. Check with your physician about the specifics of your child’s surgery.

If your child experiences a change in physical condition (such as a cough, cold or flu) the week before the scheduled procedure, call the Surgery Center immediately.

At Home before Surgery

  • It is imperative that your child does not eat or drink any solids 8 hours before the surgery. That means nothing with bulk, including milk. Clear liquids may be given up to 2 hours before the surgery start time. Clear liquids include only these items: Pedialite, Gator Aid, water and apple juice. Liquids or solids in the stomach can cause serious, even fatal, respiratory complications. Surgery may be cancelled if your child has anything to eat or drink after the specified time.
  • Your doctor or our nurse will talk with you about the specifics of medications and supplements your child may be taking.
  • To minimize the risk of infection, have your child bathe or shower the night before or in the early morning.

On the Day of Surgery

  • Dress your child for comfort and safety, with loose fitting clothes and flat shoes that are easy to get on and off.
  • If your child wears glasses, bring the case for storage. Do not wear contact lenses.
  • Remove nail polish and makeup.
  • Do not wear jewelry or piercings.
  • Bring X-rays your doctor has instructed you to bring.
  • Bring a list of all your child’s medications and supplements (or their containers).
  • Bring your health insurance card and required payment.
  • Parents, bring a picture ID and proof of your physical address.
  • Bring all pre-surgery documents and consents your have completed.
  • For your child’s comfort, bring a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket.