Northern Westchester Hospital

Hospital Information



400 East Main Street

Mt Kisco, NY 10549


Main: (914) 666-1200

Anesthesia: (855) 944-1358


Preparing for your Child's

Upcoming Surgery

Surgery Times

Surgeries are scheduled according to age order: youngest to oldest. All outpatient surgeries are performed before surgeries where children stay over in the hospital. The time of your arrival is determined the day before your surgery. For patients that are scheduled for Monday surgical procedures, your time of arrival is determined on the Friday before. You are to call (914) 666-1560 between 2pm and 4pm on the day before surgery to set up your arrival time. It is very important that you arrive at this time so that all paperwork can be processed before the scheduled surgery time.


In the event of an emergency or cancellation of surgery after office hours, please call our main number (914) 493-8628 and leave a detailed message with our answering service.

Pre-Operative Testing

Please make an appointment with YOUR child’s personal physician/pediatrician 4-7 days prior to the surgery date for the pre-operative medical clearance exam and any necessary lab testing that may be required prior to your surgery. For patients that are scheduled to have surgery on a Monday, please do not count the Saturday and Sunday prior to your surgery date when going for your pre-operative exam and lab testing. Once everything has been completed, either you or your physician’s office must fax a copy of the form and test results to our office at (914) 493-8564 or (914) 345-1623. All pre-operative information must be in our office at least 2 days prior to surgery. It is your responsibility to call us to make sure that all of the necessary pre-operative information has been received by our office. (One exception: In some cases, your pediatrician may be willing to do the pre-operative exam just 1-2 days prior to surgery and this is acceptable as long as ALL pre-op information is received by our office before noon the day before surgery). No immunizations are to be given 2 weeks prior to surgery.


Please be advised that the listing of medications DOES NOT include: Tylenol, antibiotics, seizure medications, behavior and/or anxiety medications, heart, blood pressure, diabetes, asthma or respiratory medications. Please DO NOT stop any of the above prescription medications before checking with the prescribing physician FIRST! NO ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN SHOULD BE TAKEN WITHIN TWO (2) WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR SURGERY DATE. Please refer to the list of other medications that are NOT TO BE TAKEN 2 weeks prior to surgery. If you are not sure of the specific ingredients in any medication, please check with your pharmacist or the prescribing physician.

Non-Prescription Products Containing Aspirin and/or Aspirin Like Components Include

  • Alka-Seltzer Antacid/Pain Relief
  • Bufferin Arthritis Strength Capsules
  • Effervescent Tablets
  • Bufferin Caplets/Tablets
  • Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Tablets
  • Cama Arthritis Pain Reliever Tablets
  • Anacin Caplets/Tablets
  • Doan’s Pills Caplets
  • Anacin Maximum Strength Tablets
  • Ecotrin Caplets/Tablets
  • Arthritis Pain Formula Tablets
  • Empirin Tablets
  • Arthritis Strength Bufferin Tablets
  • Excedrin Extra Strength Caplets
  • Ascriptin Caplets/Tablets
  • Midol Caplets
  • Ascriptin A/D Caplets
  • Mobigesic Analgesic Tablets
  • Aspergum
  • Norwich Tablets
  • Bayer Aspirin Caplets/Tablets
  • P-A-C Analgesic Tablets
  • Bayer Plus Tablets
  • Sine-Off Tablets Aspirin Formula
  • Maximum Bayer Caplets/Tablets
  • St. Joseph Adult Chewable Tablets
  • 8-Hour Bayer Extended-Release Tablets
  • Therapy Bayer Caplets
  • BC Powder
  • Trigesic
  • BC Cold Powder
  • Ursinus Inlay-Tabs
  • Bufferin Caplets/Tablets
  • Vanquish Analgesic Caplets

Non-Prescription Products Containing Ibuprofen Include

  • Advil Caplets/Tablets
  • Naprosyn Suspension/Tablets
  • Anaprox Tablets
  • Anaprox DS Tablets
**Prescription Products Containing Naproxen Sodium or Aspirin Like Components**
  • Darvon Compound – 65
  • Norgesic Forte Tablets
  • Disalcid Caplets/Tablets
  • Percodan & Percodan-Demi Tablets
  • Easprin Tablets
  • Robaxisal Tablets
  • Empirin Capsules/Tablets
  • Salflex Tablets
  • Fiorinal Capsules/Tablets
  • Soma Compound Tablets
  • Fiorinal with Codeine Capsules/Tablets
  • Soma Compound w/Codeine Tablets
  • Lortab ASA Tablets
  • Talwin Compound Tablets
  • Motrin Tablets
  • Children’s Advil Suspension
  • Children’s Motrin Suspension

Post-Operative Instructions

Your post-operative instruction sheet can be printed from this website. Please read them before your surgery. Bring a list of questions with you to the hospital so your surgeon can review them with you. Be aware that your child may go home with prescriptions for medication.

Insurance and Precertification

Our billing office will contact your insurance company approximately 7-10 days prior to your surgery date to obtain pre-certification for your procedure. However, it is your responsibility as the insured/patient to be aware of your current coverage including any deductibles, co-insurance, or referrals that may be required. Should you have any questions pertaining to your pre-certification or if there has been any change in your personal information (address, phone number, or insurance information) please contact our billing office at (914) 962-8290. For patients requiring a referral, please make sure that your referrals are still valid and have not expired. You may do so either through your physician’s office or with your insurance company. We also advise you to contact your insurance company prior to your surgery to confirm that both the hospital and the anesthesia group are participating in your plan.

Feeding Instructions

Eating and drinking instructions specific to your child will be communicated to you the day before your procedure. Food or liquids in your child’s stomach during surgery can be VERY DANGEROUS!!. If these instructions are followed incorrectly, it may delay or possibly cancel the surgery. If you have any questions regarding these instructions please call our office at (914) 493-8628 or email us at

Day of Surgery

Please bring your child and the following items with you:

  • Immunization records
  • Insurance information
  • Favorite toy/blanket which will be given to your child after surgery.
  • Comfortable and loose-fitting clothing.