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Day of surgery - Kikel Surgery Center, Beeghly Campus

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 90 minutes before the scheduled surgery start time.
  • While at the hospital, please wear a face covering. If you don’t have one, Akron Children’s will provide you with one for use while you are at the hospital. Children under the age of 2 and those with sensory issues are excluded.
  • Register at the desk in the Registration Department which is located in Building B on the first floor. Please bring your insurance card and photo ID. Upon entering the building, you’ll be screened, which includes someone taking your temperature and asking a number of screening questions related to COVID-19.
  • Upon arrival, a urine specimen will be collected on all females who have begun menstruation or spotting.
  • The anesthesiologist will evaluate your child before the operation to ensure a safe anesthetic during surgery. The type of anesthesia and method of delivery are based on your child's age, type and length of surgery, general health and other factors.
  • Due to visitor restrictions, only one adult is permitted in the pre- and post-operative areas. Child care is not provided.
  • A legal guardian must accompany your child to the hospital on surgery day.
     

After surgery

  • The surgeon will speak to you privately about the procedure.
  • Your child will be taken to the post-recovery area where 2 visitors older than 18 years will be allowed.
  • 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.