Your Child's Day of Surgery

Your physician’s office will inform you and your child of the time you should arrive at Mass. Eye and Ear. Please make every effort to arrive at your scheduled time. This allows both nurses and physicians to spend time with you and your child to develop a plan of care for your child.

Pre-Admission Teaching Tours with the Child Life Specialist are available for all Pediatric patients and their families. Get more information on the Child Life Program or call the Child Life Specialist at 617-573-4184 or childlife@meei.harvard.edu.

Please be sure that your child has followed the “Special Guidelines for Eating and Drinking” provided in the Anesthesia and Surgery section of this website.

Please come prepared to dedicate the entire day to your child’s surgery and recovery.

Upon arrival at Mass. Eye and Ear, please go to the area directed by your surgeon. From the main lobby, the elevators will take you to either the Pediatric Unit on the 10th floor or the Surgicenter on the S floor. The day/evening before your child’s surgery you will receive a pre-operative phone call that will clarify the location of your child’s surgery. You do not need to visit the Admissions Office or the Information Desk unless otherwise instructed.

If your child has a fever or cold the day before his or her surgery, please contact your surgeon's office immediately to avoid cancellation/delay on the day of surgery. If you are unable to reach the surgeon's office, please contact your pediatrician or the Mass. Eye and Ear Emergency Department at 617-573-3431.

If your child has a fever or cold the morning of surgery at the hospital's main campus, contact the Pediatric Unit at 617-523-7900, extension 3-2462 or the 6th Floor Surgical Suites at 617-391-5900. If your child is scheduled to have surgery at Longwood, please call 617-573-6111.