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The Day of Surgery

What should I expect the day of surgery?

It is extremely important that you have followed all of the instructions that were given to you by your child's surgeon during the preoperative visit. Arriving at the wrong time or allowing your child to eat and drink after the prescribed times can cause delays in your child's surgery, or perhaps even postpone or cancel it.

It is recommended that you make arrangements for other siblings to be cared for at home. Your attention needs to be focused on your child having surgery.

Before coming to the hospital, remove any jewelry (i.e., watches, necklaces, or earrings) that your child wears and leave them at home so they are not misplaced. Also, have your child remove nail polish so that the color of the nail beds can be observed during surgery and afterwards.

When at the hospital, you may expect the following to occur:

As the parent, if your child has an allergy to medications or latex, make sure the staff places an allergy bracelet on him/her, and that the allergy is noted on the outside of the hospital chart.

When it is time for surgery, an operating room staff member will come to escort your child to the operating room. You may walk along side your child up to the operating room hallway. This is where you will give hugs, kisses, and tell your child that you will wait for him/her close by and will see him/her soon. Your child's identity will be verified again and the patient chart checked to make sure all information is correct. You will be directed where to wait while your child is in surgery. When the surgery is over, the surgeon will speak with you and let you know how the operation went.

After surgery:

After surgery, most children go to the recovery room (or post-anesthesia care unit) to allow the anesthesia to wear off. Depending on the type of surgery, your child may be discharged or may go to:

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