Having Surgery: What to Expect

Children’s National is the only hospital in the region that specializes exclusively on children, and our team of pediatric surgeons performs more than 15,000 surgeries each year. Children’s team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses provides highly skilled services to infants, children and adolescents needing surgery. Children’s anesthesiologists are fellowship-trained in pediatrics and Children’s surgeons practice only on kids, providing the highest level of expertise for children having surgery.

In an effort to prepare children and families for their upcoming surgery, we have many resources online. We encourage parents and families to read through our resources so that you are best prepared for your child’s procedure. If you have questions, please contact your surgical scheduler.

Take a virtual tour of the hospital and learn about the experience of having surgery at Children's National told through the voice of a child. Sometiendose a cirugias cuanda se esta hospitalizado.

For questions concerning insurance, visit Insurance and Billing.

View our "Having Surgery at Children's National" booklet here

Scheduling Surgery

After the referral is received, please allow one business week for the surgical scheduling coordinator to contact you to set a date for surgery.

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 a surgery at Children's National.

Pre Surgical Tour

Signing up for our pre-surgical tour helps families understand Children's National's process and prepare for surgery.


Children’s National would like to prepare you and your child for your child’s upcoming anesthesia. We want to make the perioperative experience as pleasant as possible, and to assure you that your child’s safety is always our number one concern.  

Transportation & Parking

Children's National Health System's main campus is easily accessible if you are driving or taking public transportation, and has onsite parking for families.

Having Surgery Information

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View our informational PDF to prepare for your child's surgery.

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Having inpatient surgery?

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Watch this video to help prepare for your child's inpatient surgery.


Having outpatient surgery?

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Watch this video to help prepare for your child's outpatient surgery.