Many procedures can be performed under anesthesia and the child can return home the same day without the need for hospital admission. Common procedures performed on children as an outpatient include repair of umbilical and inguinal hernias, correction of undescended testes, and removal of cysts or lumps on the head, neck, or extremities. Pediatric anesthesiologists provide outstanding perioperative care
If you would like to find out more about the Pediatric Anesthesiologists at the Children’s Hospital at Sinai, please visit this link. Routine information that is provided to parents when procedures are scheduled for Outpatient Surgery is listed below.
- Your child is scheduled for an outpatient surgical procedure. This surgery will take place on the 4th floor of the Sinai Hospital on ___(date) ___(time). You will need to arrive 1 ½ hours prior to the scheduled time for the surgery so that registration, interviews with the nurse and anesthesiologist, and other preparations can proceed smoothly.
- Your child will be placed under anesthesia for this procedure. Anesthesia requires an empty stomach. It is very important for your child not to eat food for at least 8 hours before surgery. Formula is allowed up to 6 hours before surgery. Breast milk is allowed up to 4 hours before surgery. Clears are allowed up to 2 hours before surgery. Clears include water, apple juice, Kool-Aid, clear soda, Pedialyte, chicken broth containing no particulates, and Jell-O without fruit.
- If your child develops a cold within a week prior to the day of surgery please contact your surgeon to reschedule. We would like your child to be healthy for the surgery so he/she can recover quickly. The signs to look for are cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat and/or ear infection/pain.
- Your child will be in the recovery room for approximately 1-2 hours after surgery. He/she will then be discharged and you may return home. Please contact your surgeon to schedule an appointment 1-3 weeks after the day of surgery, as directed.