Medical Specialties

Surgery Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can a parent spend the night in the hospital?

    Yes, as a general rule, one parent can stay with the patient over-night. However, different units have different policies, so please check with a nurse for more details.

  2. Can a parent go into the Operating Room with the patient?

    No, only medical personnel are allowed in the operating room.

  3. When can my child’s friends come to visit him in the hospital?

    Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Please refer to our visitor's policy for more information.

  4. Where can I get some books and information to better explain to my child and family what is happening?

    The Emily Center at Phoenix Children's Hospital is a great, free resource staffed by highly skilled nurses ready to help you find the resources you need.

  5. What should we pack when we come to the hospital?

    Here are some suggested items:

    • Blanket/comfort item
    • Favorite toy
    • Pillow or favorite stuffed animal
    • Pajamas, robe, or slippers
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Pictures from home
    • Books, magazines
    • iPad, tablet, laptop computer
  6. Who do I call for a Pre-op Tour?

    You can call (602) 933-1540 to schedule a tour.  For more information, visit our pre-surgery tour page.

  7. How do I explain all of this to the other children in the house?

    Preparing siblings for their brother's or sister's surgery is an important step.  Here are some tips for making sure the whole family is ready for surgery.

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