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Having Surgery: What to Expect

When your child has been scheduled for surgery, our compassionate care team of pediatric surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses will help you understand the upcoming procedure and guide you through the entire process.

Our resources — created specifically for families — connect you with the information you need the most:

For questions concerning insurance, visit Insurance and Billing. If you have additional questions, please contact your surgical scheduler.

This video will help you and your family prepare for surgery at Children's National. We're here to help you understand your upcoming procedure and guide you through the process.
A mother and her daughter discuss medical care with a health care provider.

Scheduling Surgery

Learn more about the critical steps parents and guardians must take before a surgical date can be set.

A mother feeds her infant son a bottle.

Eating and Drinking Guidelines

For your child's health and safety during surgery, please follow these pre-surgery restrictions for eating food and drinking liquids.

A Children's National nurse walks down a hospital hallway with a female patient.

Pre-Surgical Tour

Signing up for our tour helps families understand our process for surgery preparation.

An anesthesiologist shows a patient the mask he'll use when she administers anesthesia ahead of his surgery.

Anesthesia

We want to make the perioperative experience as seamless as possible, assuring you that your child’s safety is always our number one concern.

Your Child's Surgery

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View our guide to prepare for your child's surgery.

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