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Preparing For Your Child's Surgery - Beeghly Campus

Thank you for choosing Akron Children's for your child's surgery. We have prepared information to help ensure you and your child have the best experience before, during and after surgery. We may need to reschedule your child's surgery if any of these guidelines are not followed. If you have questions, call us: Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery, Beeghly Campus/Boardman: 330-746-8110

The Kikel Center for Pediatric Surgery
Beeghly Campus, Building A

Before Surgery

“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 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 sign up for the tour.

Pre-surgical appointment

  • You may be scheduled for a pre-surgical preparation appointment within 30 days of your child's surgery in the perioperative surgical home located in the Leonard J. Fisher Family Building (Building A).
  • 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 may 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.
  • 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.


Eating and Drinking Restrictions

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 90 minutes before the scheduled surgery start time.
  • 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 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.

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