At McKenzie Surgery Center, we work hard to meet the special needs of children and create a relaxed and comfortable environment. Children can bring a favorite toy, blanket or video to the center. We also encourage parents to discuss the surgery beforehand to help alleviate stress.
Parents/guardians are able to stay with their child until surgery. To help children through the process, a parent/guardian is allowed into the operating room until the child is asleep. Parents/guardians are able to rejoin their child as soon as they have safely awakened from the anesthesia. We recommend that one adult drives while another cares for the child.
Having a procedure can be a stressful event for a child, we encourage parents to discuss what to expect beforehand. We also encourage a visit and tour prior to day of the procedure. Tour times are best in the late afternoon before 4:00 p.m. Please call in advance to coordinate.
It is important to follow your anesthesiologists instructions regarding eating and drinking fluids prior to your surgery. NO FOOD AFTER MIDNIGHT; Clear liquids are allowed up to 3 hours prior to your surgery, clear liquids include black coffee, tea, apple juice, plain Jell-o, soda, no milk products, pulpy juices or additives i.e. non-dairy creamer.