Day of Your Child's Surgery or Procedure
- Special instructions (NPO Guidelines) about eating and drinking will be given to you. When a child is not allowed to eat or drink this is called NPO. Surgery may be canceled if guidelines are not followed correctly!
- Special instructions will be given if taking medications.
Before Leaving Home
- If your child is ill, even with a cold, near the time of surgery, the procedure may be canceled. Call 315 464-3636 for instructions.
- You may be asked to bathe your child or have him/her take a shower before coming for surgery or a procedure. Special soap may be required to disinfect your child's skin.
- Remove all your child's jewelry, body piercing, makeup and nail polish before coming to the hospital
Coming to the Hospital
- Bring insurance card.
- Please leave plenty of time for travel and report on time to the Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital Main Lobby.
- The admitting staff will direct you to the surgical center and our staff will take it from there.
Your child will be taken to the Operating Room (OR) for surgery.
- You may carry your child or he/she may be transported in a crib, stretcher or bed.
- Emergencies may cause some changes in the schedule and there may be delays.
- The Operating Room staff wear face and head coverings and special clothes to keep the operating room clean and germ free. Your child may also wear a head covering.
- The OR may be cool. Ask for a blanket if you think your child may be cold.
- Although everyone may look busy, ask any questions that you may have.
- Procedures are done in various departments in the hospital. Nursing staff will inform you of these areas.
- Your child may receive medications to make him/her sleepy and comfortable during these procedures.
- There are several waiting areas for patients and families. Please ask a health care provider about which waiting area would be most appropriate for you.
Types of Anesthesia
General Anesthesia: With this anesthesia your child will be in a deep sleep.
- A tube may be placed in your child's throat to help him/her breathe.
- This tube is generally removed before your child awakens.
- The tube may cause your child to have a sore throat after the procedure.
Regional Anesthesia: With this type of anesthesia an area or a region of your child's body, such as an arm, is "numbed".
- Your child will be awake but will be given a medicine to make him/her drowsy.
- Your child may be able to hear the doctors and nurses throughout their operation or procedure.
- They will NOT feel any pain.
- Feeling to the "numbed" area will gradually return within a few hours after the procedure. One of the most common types of Regional Anesthesia is Spinal.