Important Information for Parents to know:

  • Follow the pre-operative instructions your physician gives you. If you don't, you may have to reschedule the surgery and put your child through "surgery day" all over again.
  • If your child's surgery is scheduled in the morning (unless you have received specific, written instructions from your physician) do not let your child eat or drink anything after midnight the day before. "No liquids" after midnight includes water.
  • If your child is ill on the day before surgery, for example - if he or she has a fever, then call and notify your surgeon's office the day before surgery. If your child is ill on the day of surgery, please call your surgeon’s office and Ambulatory Surgery (520) 324-1270 immediately.
  • If you are a foster parent or grandparent, bring the legal documents (proof of guardianship) with you that prove you can authorize your child's surgery.
  • Bring your insurance information and your child's medical records. Be sure to tell us about any allergies your child has and any medications he or she is taking.
  • Have your child dress in comfortable clothes.
  • Bring your child's favorite blanket, toy or stuffed animal.
  • Arrive one hour before the scheduled surgery time unless your surgeon’s office has instructed you to come earlier.
  • Pack an activity bag so your child will have a quiet activity to do while waiting before surgery. The bag might include books to read, crayons and coloring, or puzzles.
  • Bring another adult with you. Especially if you bring other children, as they will need to wait in the lobby. When it's time to go home, the other adult can drive and you can concentrate on taking care of your child.
  • Only parents or the child's guardian are allowed in the Recovery Room with a pediatric patient. We ask parents to leave their other children at home as they will not be allowed in the Recovery area and the waiting area has no provisions for children to be left unattended.
  • Please follow the specific instructions that were given to you by your surgeon otherwise no food or drink after midnight.
  • If your child is 11 and older or weighs over 100 pounds, an IV will most likely be started before surgery.