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Coming for Surgery

Sometimes during a clinic appointment, it may be determined that your child requires surgery.

Pre-operative appointments

If your child needs surgery, they may also need a pre-anesthetic screening appointment (please note that presently, not all surgical services are screened). This screening appointment is with one of our nursing staff, or if needed, an anesthesiologist. This is decided based on your child's health.

This appointment may be conducted by a pre-booked telephone appointment, or an in-person appointment, depending on your child's health status.

Before Surgery

Learn how to prepare for surgery and navigate common health concerns that can increase the risk involved with surgical procedures in children.

Surgery Day & After Care

Parents and children can navigate fear and anxiety by knowing what to expect on the day of surgery, and reviewing after surgery care information.

Read about preparing for surgery on AboutKidsHealth

As a parent, you can play an important role in preparing your child for a stay in hospital. Learn about your child's operation, ask questions, and find out how you can prepare your child. Read about preparing for surgery on AboutKidsHealth.

Opportunity to participate in research

Is your child about to undergo surgery or has recently had surgery? SickKids researchers are examining parents' attitudes towards being approached the day of surgery for research consent.

Learn more and participate in the survey

Study title:

Determining parental attitudes toward day of surgery research consent

Site investigator:

Dr. Katherine Taylor, Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine, SickKids


Please contact:

Carolyne Pehora, Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator
Department of Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

This study has been reviewed by SickKids Research Ethics Board.

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to examine parents'/guardians' attitudes toward being approached on the day of surgery for research consent. The results of this study will be useful in establishing research guidelines about what kind of studies parents are comfortable being approached for on the day of surgery. These guidelines can then be used across SickKids.

Who can participate?

Parents whose children have undergone surgery in the last six months or who are about to undergo a surgical procedure in the next six months.

What's involved?

This study involves completing an online survey that should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

Are there benefits to participating?

There are no direct benefits to you for participating in this research study. We hope that the information we learn from this study can be used in the future to benefit other people who are approached for research consent.

Contact Surgery

Have questions about your child's surgery?

If you have any questions about your child's surgery, please contact the surgeon's office directly. If you do not have the surgeon's number, please call SickKids General inquiries at 416-813-1500.

Have questions about your child's anesthesia?


If you have any questions related to the anesthesia, please call the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic at (416) 813-8465.

  • The Pre-Anesthesia Clinic is available to all patients and families with an upcoming surgery or other procedure under anesthesia. The clinic does not have the resources to answer questions from patients not cared for by SickKids or who are not planned to have a procedure under anesthesia. If you or your child are not a patient of SickKids, please do not call.
  • If you are booked to have surgery or another procedure under anesthesia you may already be in the process of evaluation by the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic and can possibly expect a call two weeks before your procedure.
  • If your procedure is less than two weeks away, and you have identified concerns regarding your child’s upcoming anesthesia, or have questions after visiting this website, please contact the Pre-Anesthesia Clinic.
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