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Before Surgery

A member of our staff will call you prior to your surgery date to pre-register, obtaining needed personal and insurance information, and answering any questions you may have. If you have not been contacted three business days prior to surgery please call us to pre-register. Your doctor may order lab tests, and will instruct you as to when and where they will be done.

*The charge for lab tests may be an additional fee

The prospect of surgery can be very frightening for a child. To help you put your child at ease, we invite you to call and schedule a tour of The Surgical Center of El Paso (915) 533-8412 or East El Paso Surgery Center (915) 595-3353 prior to surgery.

Please remember the following:

  • One or both parents (or guardians) must remain at the Surgical Center while the child is at our facility
  • A parent (or guardian) must sign permits for surgery if the child is under 18
  • Guardians must bring written proof of guardianship on the day of surgery; without this documentation, surgery may be delayed


Please be sure to talk to your doctor about any daily medication you are currently taking, especially for heart, diabetes or blood pressure problems; be sure to mention any over-the-counter drugs such as Aspirin, Bufferin, Nuprin, Advil, Motrin or herbal supplement. Your doctor will give you instructions about taking any medication prior to surgery.

The Night Before Surgery

For your safety, please DO NOT eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight (including water) the night before your surgery. This includes hard candy, gum, or prescription medications, unless ordered by your doctor. In this case, take medications with only a small sip of water.

You may brush your teeth and rinse out your mouth. If you are scheduled for surgery after 12:00 noon, you are allowed to have clear juice, coffee without milk, or tea up until 6:30 a.m.