If your child has been scheduled for surgery, our caring team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and child life specialist will help you and your child understand the process and be as prepared for the experience as possible.
If your child has been scheduled for surgery, and you would like some professional help in explaining what will happen at the medical center, we recommend that you, your child, and siblings schedule a pre-operative tour to learn about the medical center in a friendly, non-threatening way.
For more information on pre-operative tours at Greenville Memorial Medical Campus, click here.
For more information on pre-operative tours at Patewood Outpatient Surgery Center, click here.
A nurse will call you before your child’s surgery. During this call, the nurse will tell you what time to arrive and what you need to bring. The nurse will also let you know at what time your child can no longer have any food or drink and will answer any other last minute questions that you may have.
The Day of Surgery
Please arrive for your child’s surgery at least 90 minutes prior to the surgical time. Valet parking service is available in front of Children’s Hospital. If your child has become ill overnight, please call the contact number of the preoperative area.
Check-In/ Preoperative Evaluation
You and your child should arrive at the specified location and check in to the reception desk. It is important to arrive on time for surgery. You will be given an arrival time that is 90 minutes prior to the actual surgery time. This time is used for processing your child’s chart, preoperative evaluation, and discussions with medical teams.
Going Into the Operating Room
In most cases, we encourage parents to accompany their child to the operating room doors. Your child may take comfort items, such as stuffed animals or blankets, with them into the operating room.
After surgery, your child’s surgeon will meet with you to discuss the outcome of the surgery. Soon after this discussion, your child will be taken to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or recovery room. Up to two adults will be allowed in the PACU during the recovery period. Depending on individual circumstances, a child may need to stay in the PACU for observation for several hours.
If your child is going home the same day of surgery, you will be able to stay with him or her in the recovery room until he or she has recovered. Once your child has recovered sufficiently from the anesthesia ad can drink some liquids, he or she will be able to go home.