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Leading up to surgery
The day before surgery
What to bring on the day of surgery


Leading up to surgery

  • Arrange for language interpretation services through your surgeon’s office if needed.
  • Ask your surgeon if you will need any special equipment at home to care for your child.
  • Ask your surgeon if you will need a special car seat (for example, for children having orthopedic surgery).
  • Tell your surgeon if your child has special needs. If your child has special needs, please review this form and contact your surgeon’s office with any questions. You will complete the form on the day of the surgery.

If you will require crutches after surgery please view our tutorials on crutch walking

The day before surgery

Make sure your child or teen:

  • Follows the fasting guidelines carefully
  • Takes a bath or shower the evening before (or the morning of) surgery
  • Removes all make-up and nail polish
  • Removes all jewellery (including plastic jewellery) from piercings (from nose, tongue, belly button, eyebrows, ears...)

Make sure you:

  • Help your child pack a bag with comfortable clothes, slippers, music, books and a special comfort toy.
  • Arrange child care for your other children.
  • Speak with CHEO staff to confirm the time you should arrive at CHEO.
  • Arrange for a ride home from the hospital. Patients who have had surgery are not allowed to take public transportation (day surgery only).
  • Prepare your child or teen so she has an age appropriate understanding of what’s going to happen at the hospital.
  • Have acetaminophen (Tylenol® or Tempra®) and Gravol® on hand at home.
  • Remind your daughter to use a pad instead of a tampon on the day of surgery if she is having her period.

What to bring on the day of surgery

  • Download this booklet! 
  • Your child’s health card (you will need to pay with a credit card if you do not have the health card with you or if it has expired)
  • Legal guardianship papers (if you are not the child’s parent)
  • Private insurance information
  • A list of your child’s medications and doses
  • Comfortable clothes for your child or teen to wear home
  • Eye-glasses (make sure your child or teen leaves contact lenses at home)
  • Elastics to tie long hair back (metal hair clips are not allowed)
  • Slippers or clean indoor shoes
  • Bathrobe or zip-up hoodie to wear over hospital pajamas
  • A bag for clothing
  • Pacifiers and diapers if your child uses them
  • Special toy or blanket your child can take into the operating room (we will label this with your child’s name)
  • Portable music or DVD players (with ear phones), or hand held electronic games to pass the time (we also have toys and activities in the Day Surgery playroom for children to enjoy while waiting)
  • Books or magazines for parents to read

Remember! You are responsible for your child’s valuable items. We do not have locked areas to store them for you.

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