Your Child's Visit Before and After Surgery
Preparing for Same Day Surgery
The above information has been provided by the Child Life
Department at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. The Child
Life Department at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics promotes
a positive environment for patients and families, based upon their
needs. Child Life Specialists prepare children for medical tests
and procedures by using dolls, pictures and words to help children
understand their medical experiences. Child Life staff are also
available to provide age appropriate activities and to support
patients and families throughout their hospital stay.
- If applicable, bring history and physical, x-rays and test
- If applicable, bring any legal papers documenting patient's
- Bring a stuffed animal that can be with your child during their
surgery or procedure.
- Bring a pacifier, if a pacifier soothes your young child.
- Bring your favorite books or magazines to read while you are
- Bring a list of child's medications and information about how
much medicine your child takes and how often.
- Make a list of your questions for the nurses, doctors, and
- A nurse will call with dates, times and instructions of what
time your child can not eat or drink after. Acceptable clear
liquids include water, apple juice, pedialyte, kool-aid, Gatorade,
and all sodas. Chicken broth and/or bullion ARE NOT clear liquids.
This call will be made at least one business day prior to your
child's scheduled surgery. During that time, feel free to ask any
questions or express concerns you have regarding the upcoming
surgery or procedure.
- On the day of surgery, there will be several steps to your
- You will check in your child and fill out needed paperwork upon
your arrival to the Same Day Surgery area.
- A nurse will check your child's "vitals", which includes
height, weight, blood pressure, and temperature.
- You and your child will meet with an anesthesiologist.
- While your child is in surgery, you will wait in a parent
- When your child's surgery is complete, your child will wake up
in the recovery room. You will see your child when he/she moves to
the post-op area or as he/she is transported to an inpatient