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COVID-19 Update:Learn where you can get your child vaccinated, as well as other important facts about COVID-19.

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.

Pre-Procedural Testing 

To protect our patients, families and staff, advance coronavirus testing is required for all patients scheduled for a procedure. Testing allows us to identify children infected with coronavirus so that we can either postpone the procedure or take extra precautions to provide care for them in the safest way possible. 

Pre-procedural coronavirus testing will be arranged by appointment only. If your child is scheduled to have a procedure at any Children’s National location, you will be contacted by surgical schedulers to arrange the testing. Directions to testing sites and other information will be provided.

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

Our pre-surgical tour video 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.


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