Surgery

The best remedy for your child’s surgery is preparation. To ensure a healthy and speedy recovery, it’s important to be ready for the procedure before, during and after surgery so that you and your child can focus on wellness.

Before Surgery

  • Discontinue eating and drinking at least 8 hours before surgery.
  • Prepare for post-surgery. Designate a comfortable resting place, have plenty of pain reliever, stock up on clear liquids, soft foods, cotton balls, Qtips, etc.
  • Review the surgical documents and note any questions to discuss with the physician at the time of admitting.

During Surgery

  • Your child will receive general anesthesia. He/she may receive a sedative prior to entering the operating room.
  • Wait in the facility’s family room while the attending physician and staff perform the procedure.
  • Review the surgical documents and note any questions to discuss with the physician after surgery.

After Surgery

  • Pain and fever may occur after surgery. Relieve it with Tylenol or a narcotic, depending on your child’s age.
  • Food intake might be minimal, due to the nausea which anesthesia causes. Keep your child hydrated with clear liquids and soft foods.
  • Restrict physical activity, such as running, jumping and contact sports until your child has completely recovered.

Surgical Documents

Preparing for the operation