Preparing for Surgery - Pediatrics
Welcome to Hudson Crossing Surgery Center. We have compiled the following information to help you become familiar with the various steps. Please spend a moment to review it now so you and your child will be more prepared on the day of the surgery.
Your surgeon will work with you to schedule your child’s pre-admission testing and surgery date at Hudson Crossing Surgery Center. To minimize your wait time, we ask that you complete our online Patient Registration form or contact the Pre-op Call Nurse at (201) 292-3150.
A few days before your child’s surgery, you will receive a phone call from our Pre-op Call Nurse who will provide you with important instructions on how to prepare for your child’s surgery. The Pre-op Call Nurse will review your child’s past medical/surgical history, current medications, pre-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have on your child’s surgical procedure.
On the Day of Your Child’s Surgery
Please arrive at least 1 1/2 hours prior to your child’s scheduled procedure. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our registration staff who will ask you to fill out any additional paperwork, sign admission documents and answer any questions you may have.
- Please be sure to bring your insurance card and some form of identification such as a driver’s license, passport or military ID.
- To help your child feel comfortable and secure, you may want to bring a favorite toy, video, DVD, blanket or other item from home.
- Please bring your child’s bottle, special cup or special formula as well.
Meeting Your Child’s Surgical Team
At the Center, you and your child will be taken you to the Pre-operative suite where you will meet with a registered nurse, an anesthesiologist specially trained in pediatric anesthesiology and your child’s surgeon to review your child’s health history and answer any questions you may have about your child’s procedure. You and your child will also meet with the operating room nurse who will be caring for your child during surgery. Your child may be accompanied into the operating room by one parent. Once your child is asleep, the parent may return to the reception area until your child is awake and in the PACU (post-anesthesia surgery care unit).
Immediately following surgery, your child will be transferred to the PACU (post-anesthesia care unit) for intensive monitoring and close observation while recovering from anesthesia. Children awaken from anesthesia at different rates, so recovery times vary. During your child’s stay in PACU, parents are welcome to stay with their child.
- Only two adults may accompany the child at the bedside.
- Please make care arrangements for siblings on the day of surgery since children are restricted from the PACU.
When your child is ready to be discharged, the PACU nurse will review post-operative instructions for your child. The instructions will provide information on how to care for the surgical site, pain medications and when to follow up with your child’s physician. Your child will be discharged from the PACU when he/she is awake, alert and drinking fluids.