At the time you and your doctor make the decision for surgery, a surgical scheduling agreement will be completed. We make every attempt to accommodate your preferences for dates and facilities; however, we may be limited in our ability to do this by the policies of your insurance company, availability of operating room time, and the doctors’ schedules. You should receive a call within one week from the surgery scheduling coordinator. In addition to scheduling your surgery, she will obtain pre-certification from your insurance company if necessary. An explanation of surgical billing is here. She will review your pre-operative instructions with you by telephone and will also mail you written instructions. IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THESE CAREFULLY. These instructions are to ensure that your surgical procedure is done under the safest circumstances. Please call us if you have any questions about these instructions.
In general, you should not eat or drink within 8 hours of your scheduled surgery if it is being done under general anesthesia or with sedation. This may be relaxed a little for certain procedures but you should double check with your doctor especially if you have a medical condition that requires food every few hours. You should avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin®, Advil®, Aleve®, and Vitamin E for two weeks before surgery, as these can increase the probability of bleeding complications. However, Tylenol® (acetaminophen) can be taken safely.
Parents are allowed in the operating room to help their child feel safe while they are waiting to fall asleep. However as every hospital has different procedures, please double check with your operating room. If a parent is allowed to remain with the child, please one parent only.
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