Surgical Services (O.R.)
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When you arrive at Children’s Health, you and your child will check in at Admissions:
The staff responsible for your child’s care will verify:
For your child’s safety, the family will be asked these questions many times.
Depending on the type of surgery your child will have, your doctor may mark the location of the surgery on your child’s body with a marker.
Custodial parent or guardian will be asked to sign an informed consent form. This form verifies that the family and doctor have discussed the surgery that will be performed.
When your child goes into the operating room, you will go out to a waiting area. We ask that at least one parent remains in the hospital at all times. Your child’s surgeon will meet with you afterward to discuss your child’s progress.
Most children go to the Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU) after surgery.
Children scheduled to go home on the same day of surgery will go back to the Pre-Op/Post-Op holding area after the PACU. At this point:
When your child is ready to go home, the nurse will review with you all instructions for medicines, home care and follow-up appointments.
If your child is scheduled for a hospital admission after surgery, you will be given more instructions related to your stay on the day of surgery. The nurses will tell you the location of your room for the overnight stay once the surgical procedure is completed.