The first step in the surgical process is talking with your child’s doctor or surgeon. Together, you will determine whether a surgery (or any procedure requiring anesthesia) is the most effective treatment option for your child.
You are an integral part of your child's surgical team. The more information you have, the more you can help your child through this process. Below are some questions you may want to ask the doctor. You can also download a PDF of these questions to bring with you to your doctor’s visit.
We will work with you to schedule a surgery date for your child. Once your child’s surgery is scheduled, the Pediatric Perioperative Surgical Home team will review and evaluate your child's entire medical history, current medications and allergies. Depending on the type of surgery, a nurse may call you to review these points.
While waiting for the surgery, if you believe your child is sick or ill, please notify our staff or call your surgeon immediately. In the days and weeks before surgery, try to make sure your child gets enough sleep and follows a nutritious diet. We want your child to be as strong and healthy as possible before his/her planned surgery.
If your child’s surgeon has requested a pre-anesthesia evaluation visit, you will need to contact the Preoperative Evaluation and Planning Center (PEPC). Call 310-794-4494 to schedule an appointment at least two weeks before your child’s scheduled surgery date.
Please know, the surgeon will only require this visit for patients who have complex medical issues or have increased anesthesia risk. If you have specific concerns and believe your child should be seen in the PEPC, please ask your child’s doctor to make a referral. You can also email the pediatric anesthesia team directly at UCLAPedsAnes@mednet.ucla.edu with any questions.
The PEPC visit will include a complete medical history evaluation and a physical exam. Bring any applicable medical records from outside of UCLA Health with you when you come. If you have questions about what to bring, please call 310-794-4494.
Learn more about preparing for your child’s surgery.