The day before your child's surgery

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The Day Before Surgery

Follow instructions on eating, drinking and taking medication

  • Within two weeks before your child's surgery, one of our nurses will be calling to discuss your child's medical history.  This information is shared with the pediatric anesthesiologist who will use it to plan your child’s care. Your child’s surgery time will be confirmed. If you have not heard from us by 5:00 pm the day before surgery, call 937-641-3476.
  • Please call 937-641-3476 to confirm special food instructions.
  • Do not give your child aspirin, products containing aspirin, Advil or Motrin (ibuprofen products) or naproxen (Aleve) seven to 10 days before surgery.
  • Give your child a bath and wash his or her hair the night before surgery.

Presurgery clinic

  • All children scheduled for surgery will need to have an evaluation, including a physical exam, within 30 days before surgery. This evaluation can be completed by your child's surgeon, pediatrician or family doctor. Some children--because of their medical history or the type of procedure scheduled--may need an appointment in our presurgery clinic. During this visit, a nurse practitioner will perform a physical exam and determine if any other tests are needed before surgery. We will let you know ifyour child needs to be seen in our presurgery clinic.

Check for illness

  • Call the surgeon if your child gets an infection, in exposed to a contagious disease (like chickenpox) within three weeks of surgery, or has a cold, cough or fever. If your child is scheduled for hernia surgery and has a diaper rash, call your surgeon for instructions. Your child’s procedure may need to be rescheduled.

Plan your trip

  • Know your scheduled check-in time and plan to arrive early, about 20 minutes, to give yourself plenty of time for parking and check-in. If your child needs blood taken or other tests done, you may be asked to come much sooner. Call 937-641-3476 if you are not sure when to arrive.

Organize what to bring

  • Insurance cards. Having your most recent insurance card will help us make sure your bill is accurate and processed in a timely way.
  • Important information. We ask that you bring all current insurance information including the responsible party’s social security number, date of birth and addresses for parents/guardians and the child.
  • Comfort items - Please bring a few items from home that might make your child feel more comfortable such as a favorite toy, blanket or book. Our surgery center offers DVD players, DVDs and a PS2 system.

Pack for hospital stay

  • One or two toys (no battery or friction-operated toys)
  • Schoolwork
  • A comfort item such as a blanket or stuffed animal
  • Robe, slippers and pajamas (We provide pajamas, but your child may prefer the ones from home)
  • Items should be labeled with your child's name
  • Favorite CD, video or DVD to play. Hand-held computer game systems are also available in many parts of the hospital. If you know where your child will be, ask what kind of system is available.
  • We will provide:
    • Pajamas
    • Disposable diapers (or regular diapers for infants who have allergies)
    • Bottles (We also have different sizes and types of nipples)
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