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Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo
9th Floor, Tanner Building
219 Bryant Street
Buffalo, NY 14222

  • (716) 878-7409
  • (716) 878-1562 or 888-3919 (perioperative planner) Fax
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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare my child for an operation?

Our Child Life Department offers a tour to prepare children for surgery. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (716) 878-7681. We encourage you to bring your child on this tour so they can be more familiar with the Same-Day Surgery Unit, the Operating Room and the events that will  take place on the day of surgery.

Why can’t my child eat or drink before surgery?

General anesthesia is safest when given on an empty stomach. During anesthesia, patients may have a tendency to vomit. If any food or liquids get into the lungs, it may cause pneumonia. Following the diet guidelines is very important. Surgery is likely to be postponed or canceled if the instructions are not followed.

What if my child gets sick before surgery?

Call your surgeon if your child develops a cough, fever, chest cold or asthma attack within seven days before surgery.

What if my child is exposed to chickenpox?

If your child has been exposed to any contagious disease within 21 days before surgery (such as chicken pox, measles, TB), notify your surgeon immediately.

I am not the child’s parent. May I sign the surgical request?

In general, only biological parents, adoptive parents (if adoption is greater than 6 months), and court appointed legal guardians, may give consent for surgical procedures.  Legal guardians, adoptive parents (if adoption is less than 6 months), foster parents, and court appointed custodians must provide a copy of their legal papers to the surgeon’s office no later than 7 days prior to the day of the surgery.  A copy of any legal papers needs to be placed in your child’s medical record.  If you are a foster parent, please contact your case worker for assistance.  Please remember to bring your photo identification and any legal papers with you on the day of surgery. 

How much time can I spend with my child?

You will be with your child at all times before surgery. When your child is taken to the operating room, you will be shown where to wait. After the operation, your child will “wake up” in the recovery room and will be brought back to his or her room by a nurse. You will then be with your child until you are ready to go home. Both parents are welcome to stay overnight with your child.

Who can visit in the Same-Day Surgery Unit?

Children under the age of 14 are not permitted in the surgical unit. We strongly recommend that only two visitors be with patients on the day of surgery.

What if I have questions once we get home? 

Before you leave the hospital, you will be given instructions for your child’s care, as well as the telephone numbers of your surgeon and the emergency department.