At Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, we know all about helping
children and their families through stressful times, including
surgeries. When surgery or a procedure requiring anesthesia is needed,
not only do we offer excellent medical and surgical care, we also take
pride in helping you take care of the emotional needs of your child.
In the weeks before surgery
Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Child Life Specialists are trained to
assist each child with the hospital experience as it relates to the
child’s emotional and developmental needs. They are available to help
you talk with your child about what to expect during surgery. They also
provide tours of the surgery area for children and parents. If you would
like to talk with a Child Life Specialist about any of these offerings,
please call our pediatric surgery Child Life Specialist at
Prior to the day of your child’s surgery, you may need to complete the following steps:
We will check insurance or Medicaid information and let you know what
costs your insurance will cover. If no one has contacted you by the day
before surgery, call 713.704.6919 or 713.704.6209 between 9 a.m. and
6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Some doctors ask that you come to our Anesthesia Clinic prior to the
date of your surgery. In the clinic, you will be seen by a nurse and an
anesthesiologist, who will gather information about your child’s medical
history. Any tests the physician may order can be done that day.
are two things you should do the day before your child is scheduled for
surgery. First, find out what time your child’s surgery will begin and
what time you need to arrive. A nurse from Children’s Memorial Hermann
Hospital will call you the afternoon prior to surgery to give you
instructions and the most up-to-date information regarding surgery and
arrival times. Second, it is very important for your child to follow the
food and drink restrictions outlined below.
keep in mind that the scheduled surgery time is our best estimate. Your
child’s surgery could be moved earlier or later on the schedule for
many reasons. Thank you for being flexible and patient.
child may have a full meal up to eight hours before surgery, a light
snack (see chart below for suggested items) up to six hours before
surgery, breast milk up to four hours before surgery and clear liquids
up to two hours before surgery. Clear liquids are those you can see
through, such as apple juice, water and Pedialyte.
table below summarizes these minimum requirements. Because your child’s
surgery may be delayed, it is important to encourage your child to
continue to take clear liquids up to two hours prior to the estimated
|Food or drink
||8 hours before surgery
Milk, yogurt, cereal, juices,
pediatric or infant formula
6 hours before surgery
||4 hours before surgery
Clear liquids like water, Gatorade,
clear soda, apple juice; hard candy, gum
2 hours before surgery
the day of surgery, be sure to arrive at the Pediatric Day Surgery
waiting room on the 2nd floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital at
your assigned time. Admissions/financial personnel will complete your
registration and your child will receive an I.D. bracelet.
completing registration, your child will be seen by a nurse who will
check his or her vital signs and review his or her medical history. You
will also meet with an anesthesiologist who will discuss the plan for
your child’s anesthesia. Your child will then be given privacy to change
into a gown. Prior to leaving for the surgery you will meet the
operating room nurses. Your child may take along a favorite stuffed
animal or blanket.
will be able to see their child about 15 to 30 minutes after their
child has arrived in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU). Please
understand that siblings and other visitors younger than 13 years old
are not allowed in the PACU. They also should not be unattended in the
waiting room, so please make arrangements to have your other children
supervised by an adult if you bring them with you.
When your child is ready to go home, we will give you supplies and instructions for your child’s care at home.