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Day of the Operation

The following information is generalized and may not cover everything that you need to know for your child's surgery. For more information please refer to the section specific to your child's disorder and treatment; and review any information our staff may have given you.

Where to Take Your Child the Day of the Operation

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

Report to our clinic at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
Gateway Medical Building 1825 Fourth St., 5B
San Francisco, CA 94158 

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center

Report to the admitting department 2 hours before the operation.

California Campus

3700 California Street
Report to the admitting department 2 hours before the operation. If you have been pre-admitted, the time may vary.
Anesthesia & Pain Management
Children's Surgery Center


For many parents, the idea of a child-undergoing anesthesia-medicines that make a child lose sensation or consciousness-is as frightening as surgery.

The Division of Pediatric Anesthesia at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital is comprised of highly trained, experienced anesthesiologists who understand the stressful nature of the surgical experience and the special needs of children and their parents. Pediatric anesthesiologists make a difference in caring for children who are going to undergo surgical or diagnostic procedures that require anesthesia or sedation, especially very young children under two years of age or very sick children. Pediatric anesthesiologists are physicians who have had at least a year of specialized training in anesthesia care of infants and children in addition to a one-year internship and three-year residency in anesthesia. The pediatric anesthesiologist's additional training and experience provides extra security and reassurance to the anxious parent.

Recovery & Bed Rest Requirements

The amount of time your child will spend in the hospital is dependent on the type of procedure perfomed, the health of your child and the treatment plan. Following some operations, children are able to go home the same day. Other procedures require a hospital stay. The length of time varies with each procedure and treatment plan. This will be discussed with you at the time of your surgical consultation .

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