Preparing for Your Child's procedure
The first thing to do on the day of your child’s surgery is to make sure they’re ready. If you have any questions about pre-operative fasting guidelines, symptoms that may require rescheduling, or the location of your child’s procedure, please call us (650) 736-7359. When you arrive, you and your child will meet your care team. Our Child Life Specialists are experts in helping kids understand what to expect and how to relax before a test or treatment. If you’re staying overnight, see our packing list and other helpful information in our "Hospital Visits" section.
Various imaging studies can help doctors diagnose your child’s condition. Whether your child is having an MRI, CT, PET scan or X-ray, your doctor will let you know whether anesthesia is needed. Our Child Life Specialists are experts in helping kids understand what to expect and how to relax before a test or treatment.
Your doctor will also let you know if your child’s test will require “contrast”—a drink that helps doctors see the scan more clearly. If contrast is needed, you’ll be given instructions about how many hours before your child’s scan they should go without food or drink.
What to wear? For any diagnostic procedure, we strongly encourage parents and children to wear comfortable clothing with no metal including zippers and snaps. We think it’s a great idea to bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, too. You may stay in the room with your child, but pregnant women have to wait outside.