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Before surgery - Kikel Surgery Center, Boardman Campus

Pre-surgery tour

“Operation Preparation” is a program for children and their parents that is designed to help you overcome fears or concerns about the hospital and surgery. This includes a brief virtual tour with an opportunity for children to see and touch some of the medical equipment. Please call the Child Life Department at 330-746-8106 to schedule.

Verification and instructions

  • Our admitting department will call you 10 to 14 days before surgery to verify patient and insurance information.
  • As early as two weeks before your scheduled surgery, you will receive a call from a nurse screener. He or she will ask you questions about your child’s health history, and this information will be reviewed by appropriate staff members.
  • 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 330-746-8110 after 2 p.m. 

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.

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