Day or ambulatory surgery

Welcome to day surgery at the Montreal Children's HospitalParental Presence at Induction (PPI):

Day surgery or ambulatory surgery means that your child will be safely discharged from the hospital and allowed to go home on the same day that they have a surgical or interventional procedure under general anesthesia. For some patients, day surgery is the point of entry to the hospital, even if the child is admitted to the hospital only after the procedure.

Helpful tips:

  • If your child is undergoing a day surgery procedure, please sign in at the registration desk  in the Surgery and Intervention Centre located at B03.3103 . Make sure your child has a hospital card before you register.
  • Your child will not be allowed to eat or drink anything before the surgery; you'll receive specific instructions about this before the day of the surgery. It is very important that your child follow the surgery food and drink (fasting) instructions. For safety reasons, your child’s surgery may be delayed or cancelled if these instructions are not followed.
  • During your child’s surgery, we ask you not to leave the hospital. It is very important that we can reach you during and after the surgery. When the surgery is over, we will call you so that you may meet your child in the Recovery Room, also known as the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU).
  • You'll be able to leave the hospital once the doctor says your child is feeling well enough to go home.

The links below have information and instructions on a number of day surgery procedures. This information will assist you in how to care for your child before and after a day surgery. There are also links to the departments and clinics at the MCH that perform day surgery procedures.