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Surgical visit

What to expect when your child needs surgery

We understand that having a surgical procedure can be scary and unsettling for both you and your child.  Rest assured that, at Novant Health Hemby Children's Hospital, your child is in the hands of some of the most highly skilled, compassionate pediatric surgeons and surgical care teams. 

For more information, call child life at

704-384-5134

Pre-surgery

Depending on your child’s surgery, he or she may be admitted to Health Hemby Children's Hospital afterward for observation; or, you may be able to go home following the procedure.  Your child’s surgeon or surgical coordinator should be able to provide you with this information as well as specifics about where to check in and receive pre-surgical care on the day of surgery.  We recommend that you follow up with your surgeon’s office about specific details related to your child’s surgery as each child and procedure is different.

Pediatric pre-surgical tours are available by request with one of our child life specialists. During the tour, you and your child can see Hemby Children's Hospital and learn more about what to expect on the day of the surgery.  Call 704-384-5134 to schedule a pre-surgery tour.

You can download our pre-procedure guide for children, which includes helpful general information you will need before your child's surgery, including arrival times, preprocedure meals and documents to bring.

Inpatient surgery

If your child needs to be admitted after surgery (per doctor’s orders), you can check in at Hemby Children's Hospital before surgery to have his or her vital signs checked and IV started. From there, you may accompany your child to the pre-operating area. During the surgical procedure, you can wait in either the Hemby Children's Hospital waiting area or the waiting area near the operating room. The operating room nurses will keep you informed of your child’s progress throughout the procedure.

After surgery, you can visit your child in the post-operating area and accompany him or her back to their room at Hemby Children's Hospital. From there, the specially trained pediatric nurses and doctors will take excellent care of your little one as he or she recovers.

Outpatient surgery

If your child is scheduled for an outpatient surgical procedure, you may go directly to the pre-surgical area instead of coming to Hemby Children's Hospital. Your surgeon or surgeon’s office should inform you of specifics before you arrive. Most pediatric surgical procedures, including the removal of tonsils or adenoids, are outpatient procedures.

For more information, please review our frequently asked questions, contact your pediatric surgeon’s office, or call child life  at 704-384-5134.