Children's Hospital Colorado
Center for Children's Surgery
Center for Children's Surgery

Day of Surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we want to make sure your visit is as easy as possible and that you know what to expect during your stay at our hospital. The information in this section will help you prepare for the day of your child's surgery at Anschutz Medical Campus and at South Campus.

Surgery at Children's Colorado on Anschutz Medical Campus

  • Have your child take a bath or shower.
    • Do not shave any skin near where the surgery or procedure will take place. This helps prevent infections after surgery.
  • Please remember to bring your child's car seat or booster seat for safe discharge home.
  • When you get to the hospital, park in the visitor parking garage south of the main entrance.
    • Complimentary valet parking is available at the main entrance from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through Friday.
  • Arrive at least two hours prior to the surgery or procedure.
    • This allows enough time to register, finish paperwork, ask questions and get ready for the surgery or procedure.
    • Your surgeon's office will double check your scheduled surgery or procedure time with you.
  • Check in at the Information Desk just inside the hospital entrance.
  • Go to the Admission/Patient Access area. It is located just past the information desk, on the right side of the main entrance, labeled with pink numbered blocks from 1 to 6. Here you will fill out some paperwork and receive hospital bracelets.
  • A Patient Access team member will guide you to one of the three waiting areas at our Anschutz Medical Campus location:
    • Procedure Center on the 1st floor
    • Ponzio Surgery Center on the 2nd floor
    • Heart Institute waiting area on the 3rd floor
    • Maternal Fetal Surgery 4th floor East Tower
  • Go to the admit area.
    • There, you will finish necessary paperwork and answer questions about your child's health history.
    • Tell the staff if your child has a rash, is ill (fever, cough/cold, vomiting or diarrhea) or has an infection called Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).
    • Your child's nurse will listen to their heart, check their temperature and do any other needed tests.
    • Some children will need to give a urine sample or have blood tests.
    • You will meet with your child's surgeon or proceduralist (physician who will perform the procedure), anesthesiologist and the nurse who will be with your child during the surgery or procedure.
    • You will have a chance to ask questions about the surgery or procedure and anesthesia. You may want to talk about your child's recovery, pain, care or appearance after the procedure.
    • Your child's surgeon or proceduralist will confirm with you the location of the surgery or procedure on your child's body and may mark the site on your child's skin with a special marker.
  • Wait in the reception area. Parents will wait in a comfortable waiting area during your child's surgery or procedure. If you need to leave the area, give your cell phone number to the person at the desk. If you do not have a cell phone, we can give you a pager so we can reach you with information or updates about your child's surgery.

    In the reception area, you will find:
    • Staff or volunteers to guide you through the process
    • A phone you can use free of charge
    • TV and a play area for children
    • A place where cell phones may be used
    • Wireless Internet connection

Surgery at Children's Colorado South Campus

  • Have your child take a bath or shower.
    • Do not shave any skin near where the surgery or procedure will take place. This helps prevent infections after surgery.
  • Arrive at least 90 minutes prior to the surgery or procedure.
    • This time block allows enough time to register, finish paperwork, ask questions and get ready for the surgery or procedure.
    • Your surgeon's office will double check your scheduled surgery or procedure time with you.
  • A legal guardian must come with the patient on the day of surgery to sign all documents. If the patient is in foster care, an adult should bring copies of all paperwork.
  • Check in at the Welcome Desk just inside the hospital's main entrance.
  • Someone from Patient Access will call you over to the check-in area.
    • Check-in is to the right of the Welcome Desk, labeled with yellow numbered blocks from one to three. Here you will fill out some paperwork and receive hospital identification bracelets.
    • A team member will guide you to Surgical Services on the 2nd floor.
  • Go to the 2nd floor admissions area.
    • There, you will finish necessary paperwork and answer questions about your child's health history.
    • Tell the staff if your child has a rash, is ill (fever, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea) or has an infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
    • Your child's nurse will listen to your child's heart, check their temperature and do any other needed tests.
    • The provider will do a history and physical if it wasn't done prior to the day of surgery.
    • Some children will to give a urine sample or have blood tests.
    • You will meet with your child's surgeon or proceduralist (physician who will perform the procedure), anesthesiologist and a nurse who will be with your child during the surgery or procedure.
    • You will have a chance to ask questions about the surgery or procedure and anesthesia. You may want to talk about your child's recovery, pain, care or appearance after the procedure.
    • Your child's surgeon or proceduralist will confirm the location of the surgery or procedure on your child's body and may mark this site on your child's skin with a special marker.
    • You may have a chance to meet with a therapeutic recreation/child life specialist (TR/CL) who can help teach and prepare your child for the surgery or procedure. A child's fears about their upcoming experience can be decreased by giving just the right amount of information, based on the child's age and situation. These services can also help parents become more familiar with hospital procedures and information. To request TR/CL services, please call 720-478-0285.
  • Wait in the reception area. You will wait in a comfortable place during your child's surgery or procedure. If you need to leave the area, give your cell phone number to the person at the desk. If you do not have a cell phone, they can give you a pager to reach you.

    In the reception area, you will find:
    • Staff or volunteers to guide you through the process
    • A place where cell phones may be used
    • Wireless internet connection
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