Before You Arrive

Once your physician has confirmed that your child needs surgery, there are several things that you should be aware of before arriving at the hospital.

Your child's surgery with K.Hovnanian Children's Hospital may be one of three types:

Day Surgery

If your child is having day surgery, they will not need to stay overnight within the hospital.

The day before the procedure, a nurse will call you to get a health history on your child. If your child has developed any symptoms (i.e. sneezing, running nose, cough), please bring it to the nurse's attention. These types of respiratory symptoms may cause the surgery to be postponed.

During the call, the nurse will indicate what time you need to arrive the next day, and advise on what you should bring with you. 

It is very important to adhere to the eating and drinking guidelines that the nurse will provide. These guidelines make sure your child's surgery is not put at risk, and prevent it from being rescheduled or delayed. 

Typically, the guidelines are:

  • No candy or chewing gum after midnight
  • No solids, milk, or formula after midnight
  • No clear liquids (i.e. apple juice) or breast milk within 4 hours of surgery
  • Prescribed medicines can be taken at the usual time, but only with a sip of water. Make sure your child takes the medicine before arriving at the hospital.

Feel free to ask the nurse any questions you might have…they'll be happy to help put you at ease!

 

Inpatient Surgery, Admitted Day of Procedure

It is very important to adhere to the eating and drinking guidelines that you will be provided. These guidelines make sure your child's surgery is not put at risk, and prevent it from being rescheduled or delayed. 

Typically, the guidelines are:

  • No candy or chewing gum after midnight
  • No solids, milk, or formula after midnight
  • No clear liquids (i.e. apple juice) or breast milk within 4 hours of surgery
  • Prescribed medicines can be taken at the usual time, but only with a sip of water. Make sure your child takes the medicine before arriving at the hospital.

For more information on being admitted to the hospital, visit our section on Your Child's Stay

 

Inpatient Surgery, Admitted Day(s) Before the Procedure

Before the day of surgery, you will receive a phone call from the hospital to advise the time of your arrival and what you should bring with you.

For more information on being admitted to the hospital, visit our section on Your Child's Stay


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