Pediatric Preoperative Assessment Program

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Pediatric Preoperative Assessment Program

Pre-op Clinic

The Children's Health℠ preoperative assessment program is the oldest pediatric day surgery program in the country, opening in 1968 is was the first facility of its kind in the nation.

The preoperative (pre-op) program at Children's Health℠ understands that it can be scary when your child is scheduled for surgery. During your child's surgical journey our team at is here to help make your child feel as comfortable as possible.  We are here to listen to your concerns and answer all of your questions.

All of our nurse practitioners are trained in managing multiple levels of care from straightforward non-complex history and physicals, to the most complex of patient care. 

Our team of experts, including Child Life, will help ease your child's fears and help you prepare your child for their surgery. This helps to insure the best possible experience for you and your child.

Knowing your child’s complete medical history is important for the care of your child during and after surgery. Your child's safety is our priority.

Please let the nurse practitioner know if your child sees any of the following: cardiologist, pulmonologist, neurologist or endocrinologist. 

Preoperative and pre-anesthesia assessment

  • Preoperative assessment and testing is scheduled by the surgeon's office and maybe scheduled on the same day or several days prior to your child's surgery date. If you need to cancel or reschedule please contact your surgeon's office.
  • Patients scheduled for a pre-op appointment are seen by a nurse practitioner and anesthesiologist who obtain a history and physical to assure that the patient is healthy and ready for surgery.
  • The purpose of a pre-anesthesia assessment is to establish a plan of care for patients scheduled for general anesthesia and minimize anesthesia risks. Learn more.


  • Please bring all of your child’s medications (prescription and over-the-counter) with you at the time of the pre-operative assessment. Original bottles with dosages and times will help provide up-to-date information to the medical staff.


  • Your child’s doctor may order lab work, x-rays or other necessary preoperative testing before surgery.

Preoperative phone call

Two to three days before surgery, a surgery team member from Children’s Health will call you with additional details about your child’s surgery. This will include:

  • Arrival time
  • Specific instructions about what your child may eat or drink before surgery
  • Items you will be required to bring

If you have not received a call from our staff 24 hours before your child’s surgery, please call your provider between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.


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