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Outpatient Surgery

Description of Clinical Program

Many procedures can be performed in our specialized Outpatient Surgicenter, avoiding hospital admission. Common procedures performed on children in the outpatient center include repair of umbilical and inguinal hernias, correction of undescended testes, removal of cysts or lumps on the head, neck, or extremities, and some anorectal procedures. Pediatric anesthesiologists provide outstanding perioperative care.

Routine information that is provided to parents when procedures are scheduled in the Outpatient Surgicenter is listed below. A Spanish version is readily available.


Your child is scheduled for an outpatient surgical procedure. This surgery will take place on the 6th floor in the 200 Medical Plaza (Suite 660). Please be sure to call (310) 794-1087 after 3pm the day before surgery to find out the time you need to arrive. It is very important that you call because there may be a change in scheduling.

Your child will be placed under anesthesia for this procedure. It is very important for your child to have nothing solid to eat or drink before surgery (time based on age). Solids include all non-liquids as well as milk, milk products, breast milk and formula. Clears include water, apple juice, Kool-Aid, clear soda, Pedialyte, chicken broth, and Jell-O without fruit. Solids are allowed: up to 4 hours before surgery for infants 0-6 months old; up to 6 hours before surgery for infants 6-36 months; and up to 8 hours before surgery for any child greater than 6 months old. Clears are allowed: up to 2 hours before surgery for infants 0-6 months old and up to 4 hours before if greater than 6 months. For children 4 years of age and above, we recommend nothing to eat or drink after midnight the day of surgery. Anesthesia requires an empty stomach.

If your child develops a cold within a few days prior to the day of surgery please contact your surgeon to reschedule. We would like your child to be healthy for the surgery so he/she can recover quickly. The signs to look for are cough, runny nose, fever, sore throat and/or ear infection/pain.

Your child will be in the recovery room for approximately 1 hour after surgery. He/she will then be discharged and you may return home. Please contact your surgeon to schedule an appointment 1-3 weeks after the day of surgery, as directed.

Thank you very much.

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