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Same Day Surgery at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital 
 

Same Day Surgery

Before surgery

Children sometimes have a hard time coming to the hospital for surgery. Talking and doing other activities with them will help ease fears and anxieties, and may even answer some of your own questions.

Watch this video to see what to expect when you and your family come for Same Day Surgery at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon.

A story about surgery by a patient

Other resources from our Child Life Department


What to bring

Having a familiar item can ease fears and help a child through the surgery process. Feel free to bring in a favorite quiet toy, blanket, pillow, stuffed animal or book. Also, having a favorite bottle, pacifier or sippy cup on hand can be comforting for the recovery time after surgery.


Eating and drinking

Eating and drinking restrictions vary per child and surgery. You will be given specific instructions during a pre-surgery confirmation call before your child's surgery.

Instructions for Surgery sheet (PDF)

 

At the hospital

Children better cope with surgery and being in the hospital when they're given information on their level. With the Same Day Surgery Handbooks, children can follow and understand the different steps and fill out their book along the way.

Same Day Surgery Handbook for Younger Children

Same Day Surgery Handbook for Adolescents

Same Day Surgery Handbook for Parents

Child Life

When available, a Certified Child Life Specialist can help your child through the surgery process. She will:

  • Explain procedures.
  • Explain anesthesia and help your child pick out their "magic air."
  • Provide movies or quiet toys during the waiting periods.
  • Keep your child company into the operating room and until they fall asleep to ease any remaining anxiety.

Contact us

Same Day Surgery phone: 314-268-4080

Main Hospital: 314-577-5600

Cancelling a surgery

To cancel or reschedule your child's surgery, call the doctor's office associated with their procedure.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

  314-268-4180

Gastrointestinal (GI)

  314-577-5647

General Surgery

  314-577-5629

Neurosurgery

  314-577-5306

Opthalmology

  314-577-5660

Orthopaedic Surgery

  314-577-5646

Otolaryngology
(Ear, Nose and Throat or ENT) 

  314-577-5675 

Urology

  314-577-5334

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