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Pre-Op Instructions

Medicines your child should avoid prior to surgery

  • Avoid aspirin, NSAIDS, and Ibuprofen products for 7-10 days before surgery. (This includes but is not limited to Motrin, Advil, Aleve, Pediaprofen and Pepto-Bismol.)
  • Avoid multivitamins, Vitamin E products and herbal products for 10 days pre-op.
  • Daily medications should be given and will be reviewed by your surgeon and the pre-admission nurse.
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If your child gets sick before his/her surgery

Call your surgeon if your child has a fever or flu-like symptoms occurring the week prior to surgery, or if your child has been exposed to anything contagious up to 3 weeks before surgery, e.g., chicken pox, impetigo, lice.

Do not bring siblings to the hospital on the day of surgery

Please make alternate child care plans for your other children for the day of surgery. The child who is having surgery will require your full attention, rooms have limited space and there are several areas where young children are not allowed for safety reasons. It is also in the best interest of your child and our patients to limit exposure to illnesses as much as possible.

One parent should remain with the child having surgery at all times except when the child is in the operating room.

Eating and drinking instructions (unless otherwise directed by physician)

Your child should NOT have anything to eat after midnight – this includes gum or hard candy. Clear fluids are allowed up to 2 hours before you child’s admission time – apple juice, water, Pedialyte, or Gatorade. If your child does eat food during this time it will cause a delay in his/her surgery time and compromise his/her safety. To ensure you child’s safety in regards to anesthesia it is important to follow these instructions.

Getting ready to go to the hospital

You may give your child a shower or bath the day before or day of surgery. Do not use any lotions, powders, hair gel or hair spray. Be sure hair is completely dry and free of gels or hairspray before going to the hospital.

Remove any jewelry, piercings, cosmetics or nail polish

This is all necessary to ensure the safest environment possible for your child – please adhere to these guidelines.

Child's pajama setWhat your child should wear to the hospital

Many children prefer their own pajamas or clothing. It is best to have your child wear loose fitting 2 piece clothing without “feet” attached. Avoid metal snaps, zippers or anything constricting. Pajamas may be worn. Older children and teens may wear loose fitting sweatpants, lounge pants or pajamas. Hospital gowns are also available for children to wear.

Assure your teen-aged child his or her privacy will be respected.

Security blankets and stuffed toys

Security blankets, stuffed toys, or favorite small (non-electric) toys can accompany your child into the operating room. We want your child to feel comforted and as secure as possible.

Who can sign for consent

The only people permitted to sign the surgery and anesthesia consent forms are legal parents or guardians. If you are a foster parent or legal guardian please have your required paperwork with you. Grandparents or other relatives may not sign unless they are the designated legal guardian.

Bringing baby formula and food to the hospital

Bring your child’s preferred formula and baby food for post-procedure. It is recommended to have at least 2 servings – children are often very hungry after not eating for several hours pre-procedure. There is no baby food or formula available on the ambulatory care unit because there are now so many different varieties – it is best to serve your baby what he or she likes best!

stopwatchArrive on time the day of surgery

There is much to be done on the day of surgery. Please arrive punctually at the time your pre-op nurse has scheduled for your arrival. The admitting RN will have information to review and paperwork to complete. She will also do a short physical assessment, assess vital signs and ask some additional questions. An anesthesiologist will speak to you before your child’s procedure, ask some questions and answer any of your questions or concerns. A member of the operating room nursing team will come to meet you and your child so you will both know some of the people who will be caring for your child when in the OR. There is a lot to do pre-procedure and we want to give you and your child the needed time and attention.

Review the pre-op/post-op checklist, and pre-op instructions a couple days before your scheduled surgery day.

For more information, call us at 373-6138.
Pediatric Surgery




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