Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this list of frequently asked questions will address many of your concerns.

If you still have questions, speak with your child's physician or call Mount Nittany Surgical Center at 814.234.6750.

Can I stay with my child the entire time?

Parents are required to accompany their child throughout most of the process. Parents are permitted in the pre-operative area, but may not be in the operating room. After the child wakes up following surgery, parents will again be allowed to stay with their child until she or he is discharged.

Will I be updated on the progress of my child’s surgery?

At the end of procedure, the surgeon will update you on how the surgery went and your child's condition.

What should I do if my child gets sick before his or her surgery?

Call your surgeon's office if your child develops a cold or flu-like symptoms the week of surgery or if your child has been exposed to someone who has chickenpox, measles, mumps, shingles, impetigo or lice within three weeks prior to surgery.

Why can’t my child eat or drink anything before surgery?

The safest way for your child to receive anesthesia is on an empty stomach. Eating or drinking after the restricted times given to you by the surgical nurse will result in the cancellation of surgery for your child's safety.

Can a grandparent or step-parent sign the consent form for surgery?

Only a parent or legal guardian may sign the consent form for surgery. If you are not the biological or adoptive parent, but you do have guardianship of the child, please bring your proof of legal guardianship with you on the day of surgery.

Can our family accompany our child for surgery?

All family members, including children, are allowed to accompany the child in the pre- and post-operative areas.