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Preparing for Surgery
Pediatric Pre-op Surgical Instructions
The following information is also available by calling the Pediatric Pre-Surgical instruction line at (248) 471-8083.
To help make your child's surgery as easy as possible, it is important that you follow these instructions:
- The business day before your child's surgery you will be called between 1 and 4 p.m. with the surgery time. The staff will tell you what time your child's surgery is scheduled, what time to arrive at the hospital and where to report.
- The night before the surgery, give your child a nutritious bedtime snack. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight with the exception of an 8 oz. drink of clear fluid three hours before the scheduled time of surgery. Clear fluid is something you can see through such as apple juice or water.
- The morning of your child's surgery, follow the medication instructions given to you by the surgical testing nurse.
- No aspirin products or ibuprofen products for ten days prior to surgery. If the surgery is scheduled in less than 10 days, stop aspirin and ibuprofen products today. Aspirin and Ibuprofen products must be avoided due to the blood thinning effect.
- Please bathe or shower your child using anti-bacterial soap before coming to the hospital. After the bath or shower, do not use lotion, powder or products on the skin. Remove all jewelry including body piercing before coming to the hospital.
- Dress your child in loose and comfortable clothing. You may bring a stuffed animal, small quiet toy, blanket, pacifier or comfort item for your child.
- Parents will meet with an anesthesiologist before your child's surgery in the pre-op area. A parent must accompany minor children. If a legal guardian has been appointed, the guardian must accompany the child with the proper guardianship papers.
- Do not bring valuables to the hospital. Do bring your insurance and prescription cards the day of surgery. These cards may be needed to fill a prescription after surgery.
- If your child develops a cold, sore throat, fever or any symptoms of illness before surgery, notify your surgeon. Surgery may need to be rescheduled.