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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 Hospital, the Pre-Operative Care Clinic’s (POCC) team of pediatric professionals screens patients for surgery and creates a specific care plan for each patient.

parents and surgeon talk in a waiting room

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.

Two mothers on a hospital tour with their children

Hospital Tours

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

Children hugging mother in Healing Garden.

Talking to Your Child About Hospitalization

We understand that you may be unsure about what to tell your child about surgery. Here are some age-appropriate guidelines from our Child Life Specialists to help prepare both you and your child.