Do I do anything differently or care in the time between my infant being diagnosed with inguinal hernia and the surgery date?

Pre-Operation Physical
Once you’ve met with our team and made any necessary changes to lower your risk of complications from surgery, you will need to see your primary care provider for a pre-operation physical. Physicals may differ
depending on the patient and type of surgery, but all will ensure your overall well-being and check for undetected conditions that could make surgery inadvisable.

What to Expect the Day of Surgery
Before surgery, make sure to follow any pre-appointment restrictions set by your hernia team such as avoiding nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen for a week before surgery and
not eating the day of surgery. Try to get a good night’s sleep, and if your procedure requires a hospital stay, make sure to bring anything you will need during that time.

Home Preparation
When general anesthesia is needed, there are important rules for eating and drinking that must be followed in the hours before the surgery. One business day before your child’s surgery, you will receive a phone call from
a surgical nurse between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. (Nurses do not make these calls on weekends or holidays.) Please have paper and a pen ready to write down these important instructions.

-The nurse will give you specific eating and drinking instructions for your child based on your child’s age. Following are the usual instructions given for eating and drinking. No matter what age your child is, you should
follow the specific instructions given to you on the phone by the nurse.

For children older than 12 months:
After midnight the night before the surgery, do not give any solid food or non-clear liquids. That includes milk, formula, juices with pulp, chewing gum or candy.

For infants under 12 months:
-Up to 6 hours before the scheduled arrival time, formula-fed babies may be given formula.
-Up to 4 hours before the scheduled arrival time, breastfed babies may nurse.

For all children:
-Up to 2 hours before the scheduled arrival time, give only clear liquids. Clear liquids include water, Pedialyte® , Kool-Aid® and juices you can see through, such as apple or white grape juice. Milk is not a clear liquid.
-In the 2 hours before scheduled arrival time, give nothing to eat or drink.
-You may bring along a “comfort” item—such as a favorite stuffed animal or “blankie”—for your child to hold before and after the surgery.

How do you prepare for surgery?
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child’s surgery.

Preparing for surgery
-Talk to your child about the surgery. Tell your child that the surgery will fix a problem in his or her groin. And it will stop any pain. Hospitals know how to take care of children.
The staff will do all they can to make it easier for your child.

-Ask if a special tour of the surgery area and hospital is available. This may make your child feel less nervous about what happens.

-Plan for your child’s recovery time. He or she may need more of your time right after the surgery, both for care and for comfort.

-Understand exactly what surgery is planned, along with the risks, benefits, and other options.

-Tell the doctor ALL the medicines and natural health products your child takes. Some may increase the risk of problems during the surgery. Your doctor will tell you if your child should stop taking any of them
before the surgery and how soon to do it.