Children at VBASC FAQ

What should I bring for my child?

You should bring your child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal to help comfort your child. If he or she has a favorite blanket or pillow, be sure to bring it with you. Please bring a bottle or your child’s sippy cup to use after surgery. If they have a favorite juice that we may not have at the surgery center, please bring that as well. Do not bring other children.

Can I bring my child’s siblings to the surgery center?

No, please do not bring other children with you to the surgery center. We request that only the parents accompany children. Space is limited. There will be other patients close by in the recovery area and traffic in this area must be limited for medical reasons. Siblings will not be allowed in the recovery are. Please make other arrangements for your other children.

What should I do if my child develops a cold before surgery?

It is optimal to do elective surgery when children are well. In some cases, it is better to delay the surgery until your child is perfectly well. Please call your surgeon if your child shows the symptoms of a cold or the flu. You may also call the pre-op call nurse @ 496-8934 or 496-6400 and ask for the pre-op call nurse, if you would like advice.

Why must my child refrain from eating or drinking before surgery?

Your child should not prior to surgery to limit the risk of stomach contents getting into their lungs during surgery. This complication is very serious, so we require patients to strictly abide by this rule. You will be given very clear instruction from the pre-op nurse as to what time your child must stop eating and drinking. If your child has eaten or has had something to drink before surgery, his or her procedure may very likely be cancelled. If you have questions about your child who is having surgery please see “Your Child and Surgery”

How long should my child refrain from eating or drinking?

It depends on the age of your child. Liquids and solid foods have different rules. Clear Liquids, liquids that you can see through, are permitted and encouraged until up to three hours before surgery. Solid foods and non-clear liquids, like milk or orange juice, are to be discontinued at the time designated by the pre-op nurse or at midnight the night before surgery.

When will my child be able to eat or drink again?

Usually your child may eat or drink soon after surgery, depending on the type of surgery and how they are feeling in the recovery room. Most children will drink something before leaving to go home, but it is not required.

Will my child receive some pre-medication before surgery?

We will do what is necessary to help your child manage anxiety prior to surgery. This may include a pre-op sedative. Our nurses and anesthesiologists will work with you and your child to identify the best solution to the problem.

Will there be pain or needle sticks?

Each child is treated on an individual basis. Most children will choose to go to sleep using a breathing mask to avoid IV “sticks.” In many cases the intravenous will be placed after the child is asleep. Usually children 10 years and older will elect to have an IV placed instead of a breathing mask. Sometimes, younger children who have had prior experience with surgery will choose to have an IV instead of the mask.  In some situations, the IV method is necessary.

Will my child vomit after surgery?

Yes, it is possible that your child may vomit after surgery. If your child is one of the few who does experience post operative nausea, we will manage the problem in the PACU. If your child experiences nausea or vomits after discharge, please call your surgeon or the surgery center for advice and support.

Will my child be given medication to take home?

You will be given prescriptions for all necessary medications that your child may need at home. Some surgeons choose to give you a prescription before the day of surgery, so that you can fill it before coming to the surgery center.

What should I do if my child develops a medical problem at home?

If the problem seems urgent please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. Always contact your surgeon first.  The surgeon will either solve the problem or direct you to the appropriate source for help. If you have any serious concern and are having trouble getting in touch with your surgeon, go directly to the emergency room.

What if I have more questions?

We encourage you to ask questions and will do everything we can to answer them and to address your concerns. Please contact us at 496-6400.

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