Your Child’s Surgery

Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital

How do I prepare my child for surgery?

  • Tell your child that he or she is going to the hospital for surgery and explain what will happen during the hospital stay. Explain the surgery in a simple, matter-of-fact way.
  • If appropriate, arrange for your child to attend a preoperative tour.
  • Present the positive aspects of surgery.
  • Present information in small doses with repetition.
  • Ask your child what he or she is thinking and feeling about the surgery. Let your child know that you will answer any questions you can.

Important Things to Remember

  • The day before surgery, the most important thing you can do for your child is to follow the eating and drinking restrictions that have been given to you by your child’s surgeon. If you have any questions about your child’s eating or drinking restrictions, please call the pediatric surgery office at (317) 338-8857.
  • A parent or legal guardian needs to be with the child on the day of surgery.
    • We request that this person not leave during the child’s stay.
  • Please call the pediatric surgeon’s office if your child has had any of the following:
    • Exposure to infectious diseases such as measles, mumps or chicken pox.
    • Cold symptoms such as cold, runny nose, or fever.
    • Any changes from his or her usual health.

What to Bring to the Hospital

  • If your child is staying overnight, pack a suitcase with a change of clothing for your child to wear home.
  • Your child may bring a favorite toy, blanket or comfort item to the operating room.
  • Insurance, medical cards and child’s social security number.
  • Any medications your child is taking.
the cheer room in the PMCH recovery wing 
wheldon room in the PMCH recovery wing 

The Day of Surgery


You may park in the parking lot located in front of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital.

Where to Come

Please check in with the receptionist at the visitor’s desk in the lobby of Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital. The receptionist will direct you to the registration area, which is located near the visitor’s desk.

Before Surgery

  • After checking in, you and your child will be escorted to an exam room in the surgical area. Here your child will change into hospital pajamas, and a nurse will take his or her vital signs including temperature, heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen rate.
  • Before going to the operating room, your child’s surgeon will come to see you and your child and explain again what will be happening during the surgery. The anesthesiologist will also discuss the anesthesia plan with you and answer any questions you or child may have.


During the Operation

We will show you where to wait while your child is in surgery. A physician liaison will meet with you on the day of surgery to answer any last-minute questions. The physician liaison will update you on your child’s surgery and recovery, and will help reunite you with your child in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU). Your child’s surgeon will meet with you after your child’s surgery is over.

After Surgery

  • After your child’s surgery, your child will go to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
  • The amount of time children spend in the PACU varies from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the type of procedure and anesthetic. We will make every effort to reunite you and your child in the PACU as soon as possible. We will reach you in the surgery waiting area to bring you to your child’s bedside. Please do not hesitate to ask your nurse if you need assistance while in the PACU.
  • After surgery, pain relief for your child will be provided in a variety of ways. The plan for pain relief is a team approach in which you, the surgeon, the anesthesiologist and nurse will decide what is best for your child.


Going Home

  • If your child is going home on the day of surgery, he or she will go to the day surgery post-operative care unit after the PACU. If your child is staying the hospital, he or she will taken to a private hospital room.
  • Before you go home, you will receive written information about how to care for your child. We will explain in detail the medicines, special care and follow-up appointments your child will need.

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