Prior To Surgery
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is the only non-prescription pain medicine that may be taken for 10 days prior to your surgery date. The use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs(Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Nuprin, Daypor, Feldene, etc) or the use of products containing aspirin (Ecotrin, Excedrin, Bayer, Alka-Seltzer, Anacin, Bufferin, etc) within 10 days of surgery may result in the cancellation of your child’s surgery.
Dress your child in a two piece outfit that has no metal on the bottoms. Gym shorts, sweatpants, or even pajama bottoms are ideal with no metal such as snaps, zippers, or eyelets. As a comfort measure the child can wear their own bottom underneath their gown throughout his/her surgery.
You might find it helpful to bring your child’s favorite toy, blanket, or pacifier. If your child still uses a sippy cup or bottle, please bring an empty one to have for him/her for after surgery.
It is always a good idea to bring a change of clothes for him/her. This saves any embarrassment in case of an unexpected accident, spill, or upset stomach.
Leave all jewelry at home to include body piercing of any type. For specific questions related to body piercings, contact the Pre-Admission Testing Department at (614) 451-5042, (614) 451-5039, or toll free at 1-888-451-3313.
A legal guardian must remain at the facility the entire length of the child’s stay. If a legal guardian absolutely is unable to be present on the date of surgery, the adult accompanying the child must have a notarized medical power of attorney; we must also be informed of this prior to the day of surgery. If the child is a ward of the state, we will need to contact their assigned case worker to obtain consent for the surgery and anesthesia prior to the date of surgery.