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COVID-19 Update:Learn more about how we are protecting our patients, families and staff, 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, 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.

If your child is scheduled to have a procedure at any Children’s National location, they will receive coronavirus testing on the day of surgery at their point of care.

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.