Sports Medicine Division | Preparing For Surgery

Surgical Scheduling Office: 617-355-8931

Once surgery has been agreed upon as a course of action, you will be instructed to contact the surgical coordinators, who will work with you to come up with a surgery date that works for you and your doctor. Prior to calling our office, take a look at your calendar and decide on a time frame for surgery that will work best for your and your family. When surgery is scheduled, an appointment in the pre-operative clinic (pre-op) may also be necessary.

Division of Sports Medicine Surgical team

What does the pre-op evaluation include?

  • Anesthesia consult
  • History and physical
  • Orthopedic assessment
  • Discussion of medical issues that require special attention, such as asthma, epilepsy or heart problems
  • Blood tests if needed (though normally not required)
  • Discussion of drug and food allergies

What are my diet instructions day of surgery?

Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before surgery. Do not take aspirin for seven days prior to the procedure. If you take aspirin for a heart condition, please check with your primary care physician before discontinuing it.

For more information about eating and drinking prior to your scheduled procedure, please download the hospital's NPO (nothing by mouth) guidelines.

What should I bring with me the day of surgery?

If you will need to use crutches after surgery and you have a pair at home, please bring them with you on the day of surgery. They will be returned to you after surgery.

Patients younger than 18 years old

If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian with identification must accompany him or her. Proof of identification must be presented at the admitting office.

Going home after day surgery

After an outpatient surgery, patients will not be allowed to leave the hospital by themselves, and must be accompanied by an escort or parent.


The Surgical Scheduling Office will take care of your insurance verification. Please be sure to have your current insurance information available at the time of booking. 


Our surgeons operate at multiple locations in Eastern Massachusetts. If you have a preference of location, please share that when booking your surgery. Keep in mind that there are certain guidelines and restrictions at each facility so they might not be able to accommodate your first choice.

Sports Medicine Division LocationsBoston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Boston Children’s Hospital at Waltham 
9 Hope Avenue
Waltham, MA 02453

Boston Children’s Hospital at Lexington
482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

New England Baptist Hospital Orthopaedic Care Center
40 Allied Drive
Dedham, MA 02026