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Preoperative preparations

Preoperative preparations

Preoperative visit

  • Your visit will be on Level 4 of the Children's Pavilion, pod E.
  • We understand that this is not an easy decision to make for your child and you may have serious concerns that must be addressed before deciding on whether to proceed with the surgery.
  • We sincerely believe that reviewing the checklist before the clinic visit will facilitate our discussion about the G-tube.
  • We recommend you review the G-tube Q& A page before the visit to address some of the concerns that you may have.
  • Please write down any additional questions that you may have and our staff will address them during the clinic visit.

Readiness checklist

  • These requirements must be met or arranged for 1 week before the day of surgery. *If they are not met or arranged, please make sure to give us a call at 804-828-3500.
  • Have you reviewed these pages? General G-tube Q&A, At Home after Surgery, G-tube care, Nutrition, Medications, Troubleshooting and FAQs
  • After your initial clinic visit, you will work with your care team to obtain a nutrition plan with a nutritionist, feeding pump and necessary G-tube supplies (as mentioned at the end of G-tube care page), home health agency, prescriptions for postoperative care. If not done prior to surgery, please call the clinic at 804-828-3500 to help with these arrangements.

The Day Before Surgery

When should my child stop eating/drinking?

  • Your child should stop eating 6 hours before the surgery. Ideally, your child will stay hydrated by drinking water or other clear liquids such as apple juice and Gatorade up to 2 hours before surgery. The time of your child's operation should be provided to you to guide these restrictions, but is subject to change.

My child is sick. What should I do?

  • Please let us know immediately if your child sick. This may have a major impact on surgery and we may need to reschedule it for another time when your child feels better. Please call 804-828-3500. If it's after-hours before the day of surgery, you may wait until the morning to call us or, if urgent, please head to the nearest emergency room or call 911. However, if it's a mild illness, your child can be evaluated in the preoperative area and we may still be able to proceed.

Where do I take my child for surgery?

  • Please go to the day of surgery page to review where your child needs to go for surgery.