Steps to Prepare for Your Child's Surgery

Things to Avoid:

  • Do not give your child aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, etc.), naproxen (Aleve®, Naprosyn®, etc.), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), or herbal remedies for two weeks prior to surgery.

The Day Before Surgery:

  • The Same Day Surgery nurse will call you before surgery to inquire about your child’s medical history.
  • The Same Day Surgery nurse will call you again between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. the night before the surgery to give you the time and instructions for surgery.
  • If you miss that call, please call 305-666-6511, ext. 3950.


  • Please follow the no-eating-after-midnight instructions the night before surgery. After midnight, your child may be able to have Gatorade® or Pedialyte® only as directed by the nurse. No milk or juice after midnight.
  • If you or your child do not follow the no-eating-ordrinking instructions as indicated to you by your nurse, surgery will be delayed or cancelled.

Medical Clearances:

  • Your pediatrician must complete a surgical clearance 24 to 72 hours prior to the surgery date.
  • If your child needs clearance paperwork from a different specialty, please fax clearance to your surgeon’s office.
  • In the event that your child is sick and is not cleared by your pediatrician, please notify the surgeon’s office immediately.


  • The registration office will call you one to two days before surgery.
  • A pre-surgical orientation is available to all families. Please contact the Child Life Department at 305-666-6511, ext. 3932. It has been noted that patients who participate in this class are more relaxed prior to their surgical procedure.


  • No blood work is needed for surgery unless otherwise instructed by your pediatrician or surgeon.

Legal Documents:

  • If a court order is needed for your child, please bring in documentation on the day of surgery.


  • If your child’s insurance coverage changes prior to surgery, please call the surgeon’s office immediately with the new information.

Tips for Day of Surgery:

  • Add 15 minutes to travel time to account for traffic and parking delays.
  • Please make sure you have arranged transportation for before and after surgery.
  • Upon arrival, please report to patient access for registration.
  • Please make sure your child does not wear:
    • Nail polish and artificial nails
    • Any jewelry (including all piercings)
    • Contact lenses (bring eyeglasses)
    • Make-up and hair accessories
    • Hair gel/spray
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What to expect on the day of your surgery at Nicklaus Children's Hospital