GOJO Outpatient Surgery Center

Thank you for choosing Akron Children's Hospital for your child's surgery. We have prepared information to help ensure you and your child have the best experience before, during and after the surgery. We may need to reschedule your child's surgery if any of these guidelines are not followed.

Call us at 330-543-1040 if you have questions.

Before Surgery

Pre-Surgical Appointment

You will be scheduled for a pre-surgical preparation appointment within 30 days of your child's surgery in the perioperative surgical home located on the 4th floor of the Main Hospital Building.

Your child's vital signs (heart and breathing rate, temperature and blood pressure) will be checked, blood work drawn and a history and physical completed.  This will expedite check-in on the day of surgery and prevent delays.

A child life specialist will also meet with you and your child to explain the surgery environment and procedures.

Verification and instructions

  • Our admitting department will call you 10 to 14 days before surgery to verify patient and insurance information.
  • A surgery staff member will call you 1 to 2 business days (Monday-Friday, excluding holidays) before surgery to provide final instructions and confirm surgery time. If you haven't received a call by the last business day before surgery, call 330-543-1040.

Medication, vitamins and herbal supplements

  • Heart, asthma or seizure medications should be given the morning of surgery with the smallest amount of water possible.
  • Avoid vitamins, herbal products and ibuprofen (i.e., Advil, Motrin, Pediaprofen, etc.) for 10 days before your child's scheduled surgery date.
  • For products with aspirin (i.e., Aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, etc.) or Lovenox, follow the instructions from the doctor who ordered that medication.
  • Tylenol or other products with acetaminophen can be given until the night before surgery, unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon/physician.
  • Contact your endocrinologist for instructions on taking insulin. You should stop taking Metformin, Diabinase, Glucatrol and Glucophage 24 hours before surgery.

Skin conditions and illness

  • Contact us if your child has a rash, cuts or bruises in the surgery area, or has poison ivy, chicken pox or another illness causing a rash.
  • Contact us if your child is sick or hospitalized within 2 weeks of the surgery date.

 

Eating and Drinking Restrictions

Your child’s food and beverages must be stopped according to the following guidelines.

At midnight Stop solid foods, non-human milk, gum and candy
6 hours before surgery Stop infant formula and thickened liquids
4 hours before surgery Stop breast milk
3 hours before surgery Stop all clear liquids

Day of Surgery

Before you arrive

  • Have your child bathe or shower and wash his hair. Follow any special soap/scrub instructions from your surgeon/physician.
  • Children may brush their teeth if they are able to do so without swallowing water.
  • Remove all make-up, nail polish, jewelry, piercings and hair accessories with metal (including hair extensions).
  • Bring a box or case to store contacts and removable orthodontic appliances if you cannot leave them at home.
  • Your child should wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Have your child bring a favorite comfort item to take into surgery. To help prevent infection, wash this item before bringing it to the hospital.

Once you arrive at the hospital

  • You must arrive at the hospital 60 minutes before the scheduled surgery start time.
  • Park in the P2 Exchange Street garage, 348 Locust St. Level 3 has a walkway bridge that connects to Kay Jewelers Pavilion.
  • Sign in at the pre-op desk.
  • Go to the pre-surgery waiting area for brief check-in. You will be given a card with your child's patient ID number on it.
  • Complete registration in your child's private room.
  • Once your child is taken to the operating room, you will go to the Lois and John Orr Waiting Room, where you can follow your child's progress in real time via the electronic patient status boards.

After surgery

  • The surgeon will speak to you privately about the procedure.
  • Your child will be taken to the post anesthesia care unit. You may stay with your child in an individual recovery room until cleared for discharge.
  • A parent, legal guardian or other adult must be available to drive the child home.

Changes in Behavior

You may notice a change in your child's behavior before or after surgery. Clinginess is a common post-hospital behavior, but children are resilient and they'll typically work through it. If disruptive behaviors last longer than 6 weeks, talk to your child's doctor.

Encourage your child to play "doctor" and "hospital," draw pictures of their experience and/or journal about their experience. These types of activities will help lead them to a healthy recovery.