A few days prior to surgery, a nurse from Same Day Surgery will contact the parents or guardian of the child. He / she will confirm the scheduled surgery time and what time the child should arrive at the hospital the day of the procedure.
The parents are asked to bring a complete list of the child's medications. The parents will also need to bring a completed physical exam form that has been filled out by the patient's primary care physician within 30 days prior to the procedure. The form can be found in the Same Day Surgery Guide, which is either mailed or given to patients if they meet with the surgery scheduler.
On the day of the procedure, the child should dress in comfortable clothing. No jewelry or fingernail polish should be worn. Eating and drinking instructions are age-specific and are found in the Same Day Surgery Guide. If the patient takes any medications routinely, they can usually take the morning dose with a sip of water. Notify the doctor of any morning medications taken prior to surgery.
A doctor or nurse from the Anesthesia Department will talk to the parents about the anesthesia. They will also answer any questions the family has.