Preparing for Surgery

The Ambulatory Surgery Center (outpatient surgery) is located on the second floor of the main hospital. The telephone number is 501-364-1336. You will be instructed to call the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) the day before your child's surgery to go over important information and instructions.

The information on this website does not replace the information and instructions that you will receive during that phone call or during your preoperative visit.

» Arkansas Children’s Hospital Surgical Guide


  • Arrange your own transportation to and from the hospital – you may not ride a public bus or car that is unable to make an unplanned stop when you are transporting your child home

  • Anticipate being at the hospital for some time: bring money for meals or bring your meals with you. Bring personal items in case your child requires an unplanned admission

  • Limit the number of family and friends who come to the hospital! Only two parents or caregivers are allowed in the waiting rooms and only one parent is allowed in the recovery room. While family and friends want to be supportive, too many people can cause children to become overwhelmed and also can create crowding in the areas outside the waiting rooms.

  • It is best not to bring your other children to the hospital. They cannot stay in the ASC or with you overnight in the hospital.

  • Children under 18 years of age must be with a legal guardian on the day of surgery.

  • Make plans for your child’s care after discharge.

  • If you must stay overnight before or after surgery, please tell your surgeon’s office. A list of area hotels is available.