Surgery - Children

Surgery for Children - Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help prepare my child for surgery?
We encourage you to discuss the procedure and anesthesia with your child prior to surgery to ease anxiety about surgery. Usually your child’s pediatrician will also have recommendations or tools to suggest to you.

What can my child eat prior to surgery?
Your child should not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before, unless otherwise specified by the pre-operative nurse.

Should I give my child his/her medication on the day of surgery?
Your physician will direct you whether or not to take medications on the day of surgery. This will also be discussed during your pre-operative phone call.

What should my child bring to the surgical center?
Comfort items, such as blankets, pacifiers, or a favorite toy are highly recommended. If applicable, diapers and wipes should be brought to the surgical center. It is a good idea to bring an extra set of underwear and pajamas. We will supply the hospital gown that is used in the operating room.

How soon after surgery can I see my child?
The operating room nurses will bring your child to the recovery room after surgery. Your surgeon will speak to you after the surgery is performed. As soon as your child is awake, the recovery room nurses will ask you to come in. Due to privacy issues we generally ask that only one parent visit with the child at this time.

Will my child get an IV?
Depending on the type of surgery scheduled, the anesthesiologist will determine whether or not an IV is required. Most children undergoing anesthesia will require an IV. Occasionally, the IV can be started after the child is asleep.

Who is my child’s anesthesiologist?
The Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center is staffed by the Anesthesia Care Group, a group of board certified/board eligible Anesthesiologists and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). The Anesthesia Care Group has been providing the anesthesia services for the Catholic Medical Center for over 20 years.

What if there is a complication during surgery?
The Bedford Ambulatory Surgical Center is fully equipped with state of the art emergency equipment and supplies. The surgical center utilizes the same anesthesia providers as our affiliated hospital, Catholic Medical Center. The recovery room nurses are trained in critical care, and are ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) and PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) certified. If necessary, once stabilized, your child will be transferred by ambulance to the hospital.

What if my child gets sick prior to the day of surgery?
If your child has a fever, symptoms of a cold, or other illness, call the surgeon and the surgical center, because your child’s surgery may need to be rescheduled.