What to expect when your child needs surgery
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
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
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 preprocedure 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.
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.
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.
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.
more information, please review our frequently asked questions,
contact your pediatric surgeon’s office, or call child life