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Surgery and Children

On The Day of Surgery

The following information can help prepare you and your family for your procedure. If you have additional questions, please contact your physician’s office.

Plan for the preadmission process to take at least two hours of your time at the hospital. A spouse or family member is welcome to accompany you to your appointment. You will have lab work, EKG and chest x-ray, if ordered, and a nursing interview. Your surgical history, medical history and discharge planning will be started at this interview. If any preparation for your surgery is required, we will discuss how, when and what to use.

Ask your surgeon which medicines to stop before your surgery. Over-the-counter medications that thin your blood should be stopped before surgery (Naprosyn, ibuprofen, aspirin, Vitamin E, garlic and Aleve are a few examples). Discuss when to stop taking any prescription blood thinners with your surgeon.

If you become ill, have a cold or fever, please call your surgeon within 24 hours of your surgery.

Enter the Surgery Center at Memorial or Memorial Hospital at the appropriate registration area. Inpatients need to register at the main entrance registration area. Outpatients register at the emergency department registration area. You will receive an ID bracelet and paperwork, and be escorted to the surgery waiting area.

Occasionally surgeries are rescheduled from the hospital to the Surgery Center at Memorial, or vice versa. This is to minimize waiting time for surgery.

Key points after discharge

For your own safety, it is important to follow all discharge instructions given to you at the hospital in addition to these five guidelines for ensuring your best possible recovery.

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