Children are Special

At The Surgery Center, we work hard to meet the special needs of children and create a relaxed, comfortable environment. To make children feel more at home, we encourage them to bring a favorite toy or blanket.


We encourage parents to discuss the surgery with the child beforehand to help alleviate unnecessary stress. Preoperative tours with your child are available upon request and by calling 510-547-2244, ext. 126. Parents are also encouraged to stay with the child until surgery begins and rejoin the child as soon as it’s appropriate. Upon release, we recommend that one adult drive home while the other cares for the child. We recommend that for patients under 18 that the parent or legal guardian remain in the facility during the entire length of stay or alternatively must be immediately reachable by phone.