Patients and Families

C.) The Weeks Before

There are many things you can do to help prepare yourself and your child for admission for outpatient surgery at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: 

  • Follow the “under-the-weather” policy. Call the surgeon’s office if your child has a fever or flu-like symptoms the day before surgery. If your child has been exposed to a contagious disease such as chicken pox, measles, mumps, impetigo or lice up to three weeks before the surgery, also call the surgeon’s office.
  • Do not plan any other activities for the day of your child's surgery.


  • Do not allow your child to have any aspirin or ibuprofen for at least two weeks before the surgery. This includes Motrin®, PediaProfen®, Advil®, Bayer® children’s aspirin, Aspergum®, Pepto Bismol® and Alka-Seltzer Cold Plus®. Your child may take acetaminophen (Tylenol®).
  • Check with your doctor to see whether there are any prescription or non-prescription medications that your child should avoid taking or stop taking temporarily before his or her surgery.

Forms and Insurance

  • You will receive two forms in the mail or at the physician’s office: the History and Physical form, and the Consent form. Please remember to bring your completed History and Physical and Consent forms with you on the day of your child's surgery.
  • Check with your insurance carrier to determine if you need written authorization before receiving the scheduled services.To make sure you receive the insurance coverage to which you are entitled, please notify your insurance company or health maintenance organization (HMO) of your child's type and date of surgery before coming to the hospital. If you have questions about insurance requirements, ask your child's primary care physician or call Children's Patient Access staff at 412-692-5310.
  • If blood work was ordered by your child's doctor or surgeon, make sure it is completed. Bring the results with you, or have them to the Same Day Surgery Center via fax. The fax number is 412-692-6180.

Transportation and Child Care

  • Make sure you have appropriate transportation home from the hospital. Your child should avoid public transportation (bus or trolley) immediately after surgery. Either drive or arrange for a relative or friend to take you and your child home.
  • Please make child care plans for your other children for the day of surgery.

Prepare your child for surgery by talking to him or her and allowing your child to ask questions. For guidelines click here, and, if you want, take a free Pre-Admission Tour.

Prepare for your child’s return home after the procedure. For guidelines click here

Next: The Night Before

Last Update
September 3, 2013
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Last Update
September 3, 2013