Patients and Families

L.) Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why can't my child eat or drink before surgery? The safest way for your child to receive anesthesia and decrease the possibility of your child vomiting, aspirating and developing pneumonia is by following the detailed instructions for eating and drinking. This means no chewing gum, candy, milk, tooth-brushing or water. Eating or drinking after the restricted times given to you by the surgery nurse will cause a delay of up to eight hours, or having to reschedule your child's surgery. Learn more about eating and drinking guidelines.
  2. What if my child has a cold or is exposed to a disease before surgery?
    If your child should develop a cold or flu-like symptoms a day or two before surgery, or if your child has been around someone who has measles, chicken pox, shingles or mumps within 21 days before the surgery, please contact the surgeon.
  3. Can a grandparent or stepparent sign consent for surgery?
    The only people permitted to sign surgery and anesthesia consent forms (legal documents) are legal parents or guardians. If you are not the biological or adoptive parent, but you do have guardianship of the child, please bring your legal proof of guardianship. If you have custody of the child, please contact your social worker or caseworker prior to the day of admission to assist you in this process.

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September 3, 2013
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September 3, 2013