Every patient scheduled for surgery will have a pre-operative appointment. At this pre-op appointment, you and your child will receive information about the upcoming surgery, including when to stop eating, what time to arrive at the hospital, what will happen during surgery, how long you'll have to stay at the hospital, what kind of anesthesia your child will be given and other instructions.
Pre-op visits generally take a full day. All children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to this pre-operative appointment.
On the day of the cardiac pre-op visit, check in at the main pre-op/admitting area located on the first floor in the main hospital. You will then be sent directly to the Pre-Op cardiac office on the second floor in the Farley building.
A nurse practitioner will talk with you and your child and perform a physical exam. You and your child will also meet with a cardiologist, surgical fellow, anesthesiologist and your cardiovascular surgeon.
A tour of the Cardiac Inpatient Unit and the Cardiac ICU can also be arranged during your pre-op visit if you want one.
Cardiac pre-op appointments begin at 8:30 a.m. and go until 5 p.m. A Child Life specialist is always available to explain to your child what goes on during a surgery or cardiac catheterization.
Tests that may be ordered for your child during his or her pre-op appointment include blood tests, chest X-Rays, MRIs, echocardiograms, EKGs and lung scans. Also, blood will be drawn so it can be analyzed and so it will be available during surgery.
For more information or any questions, please contact the Cardiac Pre-op Clinic, Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 617-355-6095.