Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.


Pediatric Orthopaedics

Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Checklist

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Before your operation

  • Pre-operative visit in clinic is scheduled for: _________________.
    • At this visit you will have the opportunity to ask the surgeon questions about your operation before signing a consent form.
  • PREPARE clinic is scheduled for: ________________.
    • At this visit you will have the opportunity to ask questions related to anæsthesia, medications, general health.
  • No food or drink before the procedure:
    • Under 6 months old – no food/milk 4 hours prior to surgery.
    • Over 6 months old – no food/drink after midnight prior to day of surgery.
  • For spine surgery and hip surgery: the morning of your procedure you should soak for 30 minutes in a tub filled with ½ cup bleach diluted in a full tub of water.  This will decrease risk of operative infection.
  • See your primary doctor for a check-up, or at least make sure he/she knows that you are having surgery.

Day of operation

  • Surgery date is: ___________________.
  • Arrive at the hospital 2 hours before the start time.  Report to Admitting/Registration (M-140).  After registration you will proceed to the Surgical Waiting Room (M-104).

Before you leave hospital

  • Call to schedule your 1st post-operative clinic visit: (415) 353-2967.  This is usually 7-14 days after surgery.
  • Arrange for any special equipment needs for your home (wheel-chair, crutches, car seat/harness, brace, etc)
  • Plan for school (i.e. does your child need a school note?)

After your operation

  • Keep your incision clean and dry, and don’t disturb any dressings.
  • Contact us with questions or concerns.
    • Main line:                      (415) 353-2967
    • Nursing line:                  (415) 353-2913
    • Resident on call:            (415) 443-5621
  • Come in for your post-operative visit 7-10 days after surgery.