Preparing for a Visit or Surgical Procedure

The following information will help you get the most out of your appointment and come prepared for your child’s procedure.  

Initial Appointment

Obtain medical records. Ask your child’s primary care provider to send chart notes, X-rays and any lab results regarding your child’s condition to the clinic. If X-rays, CT scans or MRIs were performed outside the MultiCare system, please bring these images with you on a disc.  

Bring a list of prescription drugs. Include all medications, vitamins and supplements your child is taking.

Wear appropriate clothing. Bring shorts with an elastic waistband for your child to wear if we are assessing problems with the hips, knees, ankles or feet. For visits about shoulder problems, please bring a tank top.

Discuss the upcoming clinic visit, if your child is developmentally ready. Often a first appointment consists of a medical history and a physical exam. However, sometimes procedures, such as cast placement, are necessary, so it’s important to prepare your child for that possibility. For more information about what happens during an appointment, visit  What to Expect.

Arrange care for siblings. If you are unable to arrange care, please ensure other children can engage in a quiet activity so you can focus on the visit with the orthopedic specialist. 

Arrive 15 minutes early. Being early ensures adequate time for checking in and obtaining new images, should they be necessary. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we will have to reschedule your appointment.

Turn off cell phones and pagers. It’s easier for both you and the orthopedic specialist to focus on your child when communication devices are switched off. This also helps maintain a calm, quiet environment for all of our patients.

Orthopedic Surgery

Contact us if your child is sick. We may need to reschedule the procedure if your child has cold or flu symptoms.

Pack loose, comfortable clothing. Sweat pants, T-shirts or shirts that button up the front are ideal, depending on the type of surgery your child is having.

Bring items to entertain and comfort your child. Suggestions include a favorite stuffed animal or blanket, books and videos (with headphones).

Review handout for more information. This document, provided when your child’s surgery was scheduled, provides detailed guidelines for eating, drinking and bathing prior to surgery.


Contact the clinic at 253-403-1507. Our staff members are available from Monday–Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to answer your questions. On evenings, weekends and holidays, phone calls are transferred to the MultiCare Consulting Nurse Service.

If you need to change or cancel an appointment, or if you are a post-surgical patient in need of a refill, please call during normal business hours. While we understand that illnesses and emergencies happen, we respectfully request that you provide 24 hours notice when cancelling an appointment.

Call 911 anytime your concern is a life-threatening emergency