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Surgery guide

Our goal is to provide a family-centered environment of care by keeping you informed at each step in your child's care, from pre-operative evaluation through discharge. As you and your child prepare for surgery, please use the information below as your guide. If you have any questions, please call us at 682-885-4022.

Before surgery

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Step 1: Preregistration

Preregistering

You must preregister your child for surgery. For your convenience, there are two ways to preregister:

After you preregister

After you preregister we'll call you to answer any questions you may have about:

Guardianship

If you're not the parent of the child having surgery, we must have a copy of your legal guardianship document before we can register your child for surgery.

Step 2: Planning for surgery

Planning ahead can help to make your child's surgery and stay at Cook Children's medical center much less stressful.

Your schedule

Your child's visitors

Arriving and leaving

Things to have at home for your child after surgery

Step 3: Preparing your child for surgery

Talking to your child before surgery

Pre-op tours

Helpful pre-op tools

If you aren't able to attend a pre-op tour at the medical center, please watch our pre-op videos by clicking here.

Step 4: Pre-op visit or phone call

We may schedule a time for you and your child to come to the medical center for a pre-op visit with anesthesia. If you don't have a scheduled pre-op visit, we'll call you several days before surgery.

Information we'll need for the pre-op visit or phone interview

Call us during the week before surgery at 682-885-4022 if:

The day before surgery

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Step 5: Expect a very important phone call

On the day before surgery we'll call you between noon and 6 p.m. with important information about your child's surgery.

Step 6: When to stop eating and drinking

Your child's stomach must be empty for surgery. Food or fluid in the stomach during surgery can cause serious health problems. Please make sure that your child doesn't eat or drink after the STOP times.

You'll be given stop times for each of the following:

For your convenience, we've also provided a downloadable, printable form so you can write down STOP time and day. You may want to place the chart where other family and caregivers can see it.

After STOP times, please watch your child closely.

Your anesthesia nurse should tell you what medicines you can give your child before surgery and if and when you should stop any medicines before surgery. If you are unsure about STOP times for your child's medicines, please contact us at 682-885-4022.

Step 7: When and where to arrive at Cook Children's

When we call you the day before surgery, we'll also tell you what time you need to arrive at Cook Children's and where you need to go.

If your child's surgery is at the medical center, you'll go to 801 7th Avenue. You may park in the 7th Avenue garage or you may use our drop-off/valet location at the main entrance to the medical center. Valet parking is FREE for surgery patients and opens at 5:30 a.m. If your arrival time is scheduled before then, you'll need to park in the garage.

If your child's surgery is at the Dodson surgery center, you'll go to 1500 Cooper St. You may park in the 7th Avenue garage or you may use our drop-off/valet location at the Dodson lower level entrance. Valet parking is FREE for surgery patients and opens at 5:30 a.m. If your arrival time is scheduled before then, you'll need to park in the garage.

Any additional family members arriving in separate cars may park in the 7th Avenue garage or they may valet park after 5:30 a.m. for $5.

Step 8: Evening before surgery

We've provided a checklist of important things that need to be done the evening before surgery to assure that things go more smoothly on surgery day. For your convenience, you may also download and print the checklist here.

Surgery Day

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Step 9: Morning of surgery

We've provided a checklist of important things that need to be done in order to assure that things go more smoothly on surgery day. For your convenience, you may also download and print the checklist here.

Before leaving home

Checking in for surgery

Checking in at Cook Children's Medical Center

Checking in at the Dodson Surgery Center

For your convenience, you can download and print a copy of our campus surgery check-in locations by clicking here.

Surgery

Pre-op area

Getting ready for surgery

Safety while waiting for surgery

While your child is having surgery

After surgery

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Recovery

After surgery your child will taken to the recovery area, sometimes called PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit). Your child's surgeon will also speak with you after surgery.

Phase one recovery

Phase two recovery

Parents

  • Only two adults are allowed at the bedside.
  • We'll be close by if you need anything.
  • Please turn off your cell phone. Your child will need your full attention.

Waking up

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IV

Pain and nausea medicine

Drinking fluids

  • We'll begin offering small amounts of clear liquids. Please help us by encouraging your child to eat a Popsicle® or drink some fluids.

Going home and Teach Back

Before you go home we'll give you a surgery discharge teaching sheet. We'll explain:

We have a special way of teaching our patients and families at Cook Children's. We call it Teach Back. Everyone needs help understanding health information. You aren't alone if you find things confusing at times. Please, always ask questions and tell us if you don't understand our answers. Teach Back includes the following:

Teach Back helps us make sure that we are teaching this information in a way that makes sense.

Billing

Cook Children's will bill your insurance company, if applicable, for your child's surgery.

You'll also be billed separately by one or more physicians who care for your child. This might include radiologists, pathologists, anesthesiologists or surgeons.

For any questions relating to your account or to request an itemized statement, please call Patient Accounting at 682-885-4432. For families outside area codes 817 or 682, the toll free number is 1-888-852-6635.

If you have questions about your insurance, please read your insurance card, policy or other material from your insurance provider to find a phone number to call for information. If your employer provides insurance, you may also call your employer's benefits office for assistance.

Thank you

Thank you for trusting Cook Children's as a partner in your child's surgery.

We encourage you to be involved in your child's care. You know your child best and we encourage you to share your past experiences and what works best for your child. We want you and your child to be as comfortable as possible, so please let us know if there is anything we can do to help make your experience more comfortable.

Sometimes things get complicated. Following the steps in the Cook Children's surgery guide will help things go more smoothly. Feel free to print a copy for your convenience.

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