Pre- and postoperative information

To schedule an appointment, please call 352.265.8800.


All patients must be “NPO” – no food or liquids, not even water – after midnight on the evening prior to surgery, except infants under one year of age, who should be awakened and offered Gatorade or Pedilayte between midnight and 2:00 a.m. so that they do not become dehydrated.

Please be sure to notify the pediatric surgery office immediately should your child develop a fever or cold or be exposed to a contagious disease such as chicken pox or measles. If it proves preferable to cancel or postpone surgery, it is very important that the time which has been reserved in the operating room for your child’s procedure be utilized by another patient. There are many children with serious conditions who are waiting in line and can benefit from this opportunity. In such circumstances, the telephone number to contact is 352.273.8800.


On the day of surgery, you must report to the ambulatory preoperative waiting area, next to admissions, on the first floor of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital.

You should arrive at 7:00 a.m. if your child is the first operation listed for that day and no later than 7:30 a.m. for all other cases. Even though your child’s operation may have been tentatively scheduled for a time later than 8:00 a.m., last minute changes are frequent because of unforeseen events (other patients developing fevers or colds), often making earlier start times feasible for patients who are immediately available.

You and your child will be escorted upstairs to the second-floor operating suite.

Once your child has been taken into the operating room, you should go to the surgical waiting area on the sixth floor of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, where your surgeon will contact you by the telephone at the completion of the procedure. Look for the sign as you exit the inpatient elevators on the sixth floor.

You will receive your prescription for take-home medication in the post-op holding area.

In the event of any difficulty, you should first attempt to reach your physician at 352.265.8800, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. After hours, your call will be taken by a representative of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital message center.


The first postoperative appointment will be given during discharge. If you need to change the date and/or time of this appointment, please call 352.265.8800.