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Having Surgery: What to Expect
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Don’t Put Your Child’s Health on Hold
Our team is standing by to schedule your child’s in-person appointment or procedure.
Call 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) to schedule.
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.
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.
Learn more about the critical steps parents and guardians must take before a surgical date can be set.
For your child's health and safety during surgery, please follow these pre-surgery restrictions for eating food and drinking liquids.
Children’s National recommends reviewing these checklists as soon as your child’s surgery is scheduled.
Find out what to expect as you plan an appointment for your child, what will happen on the day of surgery and what to do after surgery.
Our pre-surgical tour video 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.