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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.

Scheduling Surgery

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

Eating and Drinking Guidelines

To decrease the risk of complications prior to surgery, closely followed the restrictions for eating food or drinking liquids.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out what to expect as you plan an appointment for your child, what will happen day of surgery and what to do after surgery.

Pre-Surgical Tour

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


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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