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The Morning of Surgery
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The Morning of Surgery

The morning of surgery can feel rushed, but knowing what to expect can help alleviate any anxiety you might have.

Be ready for questions. A nurse may ask you questions about your child's health. Your nurse will also review information about the surgery and the expected schedule. You will also receive discharge information and guidelines for caring for your child at home. This is a good time to ask any questions you might have.

Expect I.D. bracelets. You and your child will be given matching I.D. bracelets. The I.D. bracelets will include the name, I.D. number, date of birth and any allergies. I.D. bracelets are for everyone's safety and security. Please do not take your child's bracelet off at any time during the hospital stay. Let the staff know if you have any concerns.

Vital signs will be checked. The nursing staff will be checking your child's temperature, heart rate, breathing and blood pressure before surgery. This will continue throughout the recovery period.

Medication may be given before surgery. If your child takes medications daily, our staff will tell you if your child should take them on the day of surgery.  Do not give any medications unless directed by our staff. We may give your child medications before surgery, either by mouth or through an intravenous (IV) catheter. An IV catheter is a small, flexible tube that is usually placed into your child's arm. The IV catheter is connected to tubing that allows the medical team to administer medications and fluids.

Remember safety first. It is important to keep the side rails up at all times if your child is in a bed. If your child is in the playroom, they may become unsteady and will need to sit on your lap for safety.

Clothing will be removed. We will give your child a gown and pants to wear while they are here. Your child should wear comfortable clothes that are easy to get on and off. Likewise, your child may be more comfortable if nothing is worn in the hair, such as barrettes or clips. However, if your child has long hair, you may pull it to the side into pigtails.

Bring overnight items with you. If your child is spending the night after surgery, please bring personal belongings such as pajamas, toothbrush, toiletries, robe and slippers. We suggest you bring one suitcase and leave it in your car until after surgery is finished. We also encourage your child to bring his or her favorite toy, pillow, blanket or stuffed animal to help comfort them the day of surgery.