When your child is scheduled to have surgery at our children’s hospital, you can take comfort in knowing our expert pediatric team will make their stay as comfortable as possible.

Preparing for surgery

  • Discuss the operation with your doctor or other healthcare provider. If you have additional questions, our staff will be happy to answer them for you.
  • If your child will stay at the hospital overnight, please bring the necessary supplies. A parent may stay with the child.
  • Answer your child’s questions openly and honestly. Most children respond better to new situations if they know what to expect.
  • Tell your child that he or she will put on a special gown at the hospital. It is helpful to tell young children this, as changing their clothes can be a challenge.
  • On the day of surgery, your child will need your undivided attention. We strongly recommended that you arrange for other children in the family to stay with friends or family. If siblings or other family members come to the hospital, they will need to wait in the waiting room.

Things to bring from home

  • A favorite toy or stuffed animal, blanket or pacifier
  • A list of your child’s current medications, including doses and frequency
  • Insurance cards and immunization records

Arriving at Wesley Children’s Hospital

  • Arrive at the hospital two hours before the scheduled surgery time, unless your doctor instructs you differently.
  • Free parking is available in the parking garage at the corner of Hillside and Murdock streets.
  • Check in at the admissions office on the first floor.
  • The admissions office staff will direct you to the pediatric ambulatory surgery unit (PASU). Decorated with colorful animal murals, the PASU provides a friendly environment where your child is prepared for surgery. The pediatric nurses and other staff are specially trained to help you and your child feel relaxed and comfortable.
  • Due to the fact that children awaiting surgery are not allowed to eat or drink anything, we ask that adults do not bring food or beverages into the unit.

After surgery

  • Once surgery is completed, your child will be taken to the recovery room until he or she wakes up.
  • If your child is staying overnight at Wesley, you and your child will be taken to the pediatric unit after your child leaves the recovery room.
  • If your child is not staying overnight, he or she will return to the PASU until ready to go home. This is where you will be reunited with your child.
  • After your child is in the pediatric unit or the PASU, he or she will be given something to drink. You may bring your child’s own bottle or cup if you wish.

Pediatric surgical staff

  • Registered nurses will take care of you and your child before and after surgery.
  • Operating room nurses will take care of your child during surgery.
  • An anesthesiologist will discuss with you the medications that will be used to help your child ‘sleep’ during surgery.
  • The surgeon who will perform your child’s operation will meet with you and answer any questions you may have.
  • Child life specialists are available to provide toys, books and educational resources to help your child cope with being in the hospital.