Welcome to East Tennessee Children's Hospital Surgical Services. We want your stay to be as comfortable as possible. You will have all of the specialized services of Children's Hospital immediately available if needed by your child during his/her surgery experience.
You may have many questions about your child's surgery. The Children's Hospital Surgery Booklet is designed to answer some frequently asked questions. If you are preparing to bring your child to our hospital for surgery soon, please take some time to read the booklet to help you be more informed and prepared.
Five departments comprise Children's Hospital's Surgical Services: Outpatient Surgery, Surgery (operating rooms), Post-Anesthesia Care Unit ("wake up" or recovery room), Inpatient Surgery and Anesthesia.
Differences between Outpatient Surgery and Inpatient Surgery
Outpatient surgery is when your child comes to the hospital for a minor surgical procedure and leaves the same day. Inpatient surgery is when your child stays in the hospital overnight after his or her surgery. Most of the time, your child will come to the hospital the day of surgery if he or she is to spend the night. Some children are admitted in an observation status and leave the hospital within 24 hours.
Scheduling and Arrival Time
Many doctors or offices tell you a time for your child's surgery when you are in the office. Sometimes we have emergencies or changes in doctor schedules. This may change the time of your child's surgery from the time your doctor told you. Children's Hospital Outpatient Surgery will call one to two days before your child's surgery to give you the most up-to-date arrival time.
Call 865-541-8402 if Children's Hospital does not call you by 5:30 p.m. the day before surgery. Outpatient Surgery is open Monday-Friday until 7 p.m. The Inpatient Surgery Unit can answer your questions after 7 p.m. or on weekends or holidays. The Inpatient surgery number is 865-541-8580.
East Tennessee Pediatric Surgery Group at East Tennessee Children's Hospital is a group of three pediatric surgeons specializing in the general and thoracic surgery of infants, children, and adolescents. Click here to visit the East Tennessee Pediatric Surgery Group web page or call 865-546-2131 for more information.
Children's West Surgery Center, a pediatric outpatient surgery center, is a joint venture between Children's Hospital and 14 area surgeons and dentists. The 9,822-square-foot surgery center includes two operating rooms, staffed by Children's Hospital anesthesiologists.
The center is located on the Children's West campus at Pellissippi Parkway and Westland Drive. Click here to visit the Children's West Surgery Center web page or contact the center at 865-560-0303 for more information.