Children & Special Needs


Special Care For Children:

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting. Please refer to the Before Surgery and Day of Surgery for further tips, as well as the guidelines below. Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.


Food and Drink: Children may have clear liquids up to two hours before their arrival. This includes water, apple juice, clear soft drinks and Kool-Aid. NO milk or orange juice. Children must not eat anything after 10pm the night before their arrival. Please do not allow them to chew gum, suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.


Parental Care: We require at least one parent to remain in the center during your child’s surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along. If your child’s surgery is scheduled near noon, you may want to bring a lunch for yourself while you are waiting.


Personal Comforts: Please bring your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.


After Surgery: You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically stable.


Special Care For Special Needs Adults:

We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. In addition to the guidelines outlined in Before Surgery and Day of Surgery, the following tips will help make care for these adults easier:


Consent: The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery. If not a parent, please bring proof of guardianship or power of attorney.


For Admission: Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before Surgery section.


Personal Attendant: As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will also be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.

Matthews Surgery Center exists to improve the health of communities one person at a time.

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