Your surgeon will work with you to schedule your child's pre-admission testing and surgery date. To minimize your wait time, we ask that you complete our online registration form or contact one of our nurses at (215) 821-3131.
A few days before your child's procedure, you will receive a phone call from one of our nurses who will provide you with important instructions on how to prepare for your child's procedure. The nurse will review your child's past medical/surgical history, current medications, pre-operative instructions and answer any questions you may have.
Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your scheduled procedure. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our registration staff who will ask you to fill out any additional paperwork, sign admission documents and answer any questions you may have.
You and your child will be taken you to the Pre-Operative area where you will meet with a nurse, an anesthesia provider specially trained in pediatric anesthesiology, and your child's surgeon to review your child's health history and answer any questions your may have about the procedure.
Immediately following your child's procedure, your child will be transferred to the PACU (post-anesthesia surgery care unit) for intensive monitoring and close observation while they are recovering from anesthesia. Children awaken from anesthesia at different rates, so recovery times vary. During your child’s stay in PACU, parents are welcome to stay with their child.
When your child is ready to be discharged, the PACU nurse will review post-operative instructions for your child. Your child will be discharged from the PACU when he/she is awake, alert and drinking fluids.
Expect a phone call from one of our nurses 24-72 hours following your procedure. We want to make sure your child's pain is well-controlled, that they are tolerating their normal diet and activity level (if your physician allows), that they don't have any signs or symptoms of infection, and to ensure that you have a follow-up appointment with their surgeon.