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Preparing for Surgery

At Children’s National, we know that going to the hospital can be a scary experience for children – and their siblings. This information will help your family understand the process ahead and to talk about cardiac surgery with your children. Additionally, our child life specialists and social work team can provide additional, helpful support.

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

Pre-Operative Care Clinic

When your child is having surgery at Children’s National Health System, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.

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Having Surgery: What to Expect

When preparing for your child’s surgery, it is important that you understand the process and feel comfortable with our facility. View our resources to help prepare you and your child before, during and after surgery.

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Hospital Tours

Discover the virtual and in-person tours that we have to help prepare children and families for their journey.

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Talking to Your Child About Hospitalization

The hospitalization of your child can be tough on the whole family. Communicating with your child honestly and openly will help to reduce their worries. Read our tips to help facilitate this conversation.

Your Child's Surgery

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

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