Learn about what to expect on the day of surgery. You will feel better if you are prepared.
The doctor’s office will let you know what time you should arrive on the day of surgery. Expect that the time may be early in the morning.
The anesthesia and surgery team will talk with you and your child before surgery. You may meet with them at an appointment before the actual day of surgery or on the same day of surgery. To make sure your child is healthy and ready for surgery, they will:
To get your child ready for surgery, the surgical team will:
You will sign admission papers and consent forms for your child’s surgery and anesthesia. Bring these items with you:
Be prepared for the day.
Arrive on time to the surgery unit.
Get your child ready for surgery.
Please do not bring food or drink into the pre-op area. Children having surgery are not eating or drinking. It is better for them not to see food or drinks.
Give your child a hug and kiss. Remind your child that you will be there as soon as you can when they wake up.
If you are staying with your child during the start of anesthesia, you will:
In the OR (operating room), your child will breathe in sleeping medicine.
Usually, after your child is asleep, the doctor will put in an IV. Sometimes the IV has to be put in before your child is asleep.
You can wait in the waiting area. If you need to leave, give your cell phone number to the staff so they know how to reach you.
Waking up from anesthesia:
Moving out of the recovery room:
Same day surgery - child; Surgical procedure - child
Updated by: Joshua Kunin, MD, Consulting Colorectal Surgeon, Zichron Yaakov, Israel. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
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