Your Child is Having Surgery
Day Surgery at WakeMed Cary Hospital
We know how comforting it is for our younger patients to have loved ones near by. Parents of pediatric patients are welcomed to remain with their children up to the time of surgery.
Following surgery, one parent will be escorted to the PACU (Post Anesthesia Care Unit) once the child begins to wake-up. To comfort the child it is recommended to bring a favorite blanket or small stuffed animal/toy. This item will remain with child throughout the surgical experience.
For all children, it is suggested to bring a clean pair of underwear and/or additional diapers.
Children's Links & Resources
Preparing Your Child for Procedures & Surgery: A resource for teaching children and adolescents about medical procedures and helping them cope.
Age by Age Developmental Needs for Children and Adolescents in the Hospital: When a child or teenager is in the hospital, it is important to encourage them to play and engage in developmentally appropriate activities.
Twinkle Goes to the Hospital: Coloring pages to download and print out for your child.
Tour Information: WakeMed's Day Surgery Center offers pre-operative tours to help you prepare your child or teenager for surgery.