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Frequently Asked Questions

We know surgery can be a stressful experience for your family, and Children’s National is dedicated to making this a smooth process for you. Our Center for Surgical Care is designed with a focus on family-centered care and allows your child to go through all the steps to prepare for surgery in one location. The center has private induction rooms, private and semi-private recovery bays, as well as a playroom. The recovery area is spacious and each bay provides families with comfort and privacy.

Day of Surgery

  • When I arrive at Children’s, where do I go?
  • What do I do when I get to the Center for Surgical Care?
  • What happens when it is time for surgery?
  • Where can I get food and refreshments while my child is in surgery?
  • Where do I wait while my child is in surgery?
  • Why does my child have an intravenous catheter (IV)?
  • Why is my surgery delayed?
  • How long will my child’s surgery take?
  • What type of anesthesia will my child receive?
  • When will I get to see my child?

Before Surgery

  • Why do I have to wait until the night before surgery to find out the exact time of my child's surgery?
  • When should I be there?
  • May I request a private room for my child?

Leaving the hospital and follow up

  • What are the criteria for going home?
  • What can I expect when we get home?
  • What if I have questions?
  • What is the going home process?
  • When will my child be able to go home?

After Surgery

  • How will I know when my child’s surgery is complete?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • When will I be reunited with my child?
  • Will my child be in pain?
  • Will my child have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
  • If I have more questions, who should I call?
  • When should my child return for follow-up care?