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Children and Special Needs Adults

Special Care For Children

We give children the extra care they need in an unfamiliar setting.

If you wish to visit our facility prior to surgery, please call us at 952-658-8000 to set up an appointment for a tour.


We provide free stuffed animals to all kids undergoing surgery at Ridges Surgery Center.

Following these instructions may prevent delays or cancellation of the surgery.

Food and Drink:
No solid foods or formula 8 hours before surgery. May have breast milk 4 hours prior to surgery.

May have small sips of water up to two hours prior to surgery time.

Please do not allow them to suck on candy or swallow toothpaste before surgery.

Parental Care:
We require at least one parent to remain in the center during the surgery and recovery. Please do not bring other young children along.

Personal Comforts: 
Please bring a bottle or sippy cup for after surgery, as well as, your child’s favorite blanket, stuffed animal or toy for added security.

After Surgery:
You will be able to be with your child as soon as he/she is awake and medically safe for transfer after recovery.

Special Care For Special Needs Adults

We understand that loved ones who depend upon others for daily living require special attention. The following tips, will help make care for these adults easier:

The legal guardian needs to sign the consent for surgery and anesthesia on or before the day of surgery.

For Admission:
Please bring the patient’s recent health history and medication information. Be certain to follow the food and drink rules in the Before Your Surgery Checklist section.

Personal Attendant:
As with other patients, special needs patients require a parent, legal guardian or other responsible adult to remain at the center from admission through recovery. A personal attendant will be required to stay with the patient for 24 hours after discharge.