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Pre-Operative Care Clinic

Infant and pediatric gastroenterology specialist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. John Snyder is Division Chief.

Having Surgery?

Find all the information you need to prepare for your child's surgery at Children's.

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The Pre-Operative Care Clinic (POCC) is a dedicated team of healthcare professionals who specialize in preparing patients for surgery. POCC evaluates patients on an individual basis to design a specific care plan for each child having surgery. We coordinate with medical specialists to provide seamless care before, during and after surgery, ensuring that your child receives quality care in the safest environment.

You will receive a call 10 to 14 days prior to surgery to discuss your child’s health, your concerns and to answer any questions you might have. It is important that we know your child’s health history to help identify potential risks before your child’s anesthesia and surgery.

To better serve patients with complex medical needs and special circumstances, we may ask you to schedule a POCC visit to meet with the anesthesiologist before the surgery date. The perioperative care team will inform you if your child requires a POCC visit.

The clinic evaluates patients with the following conditions and circumstances, and for any patient as requested by a physician:

To minimize the number of trips to the hospital, POCC can also function as a “virtual clinic.” We usually speak with you by phone and communicate by e-mail before your child’s surgery. If your child needs to see one of our specialists in person, we do your best to coordinate appointments with another medical visit.

Pre-Operative Care Clinic Team