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Anesthesia

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. Children’s guarantees anesthesia administered by a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist, providing specialized care for your child. If your child is having surgery for a cardiac condition, Children’s has a dedicated cardiac anesthesiology team who will care for your child

At the discretion of the anesthesiologist, you may be allowed to be present when your child begins receiving anesthesia. This is generally for patients over one year of age and less than 13 years of age, who cannot be adequately sedated in the preoperative area and who are undergoing non-emergent procedures. Additionally, a Child Life Specialist, nurse or doctor must be available to escort you from the operating room (OR) to the waiting room in order for you to be present in the operating room. 

If you have any additional concerns, you may call our POCC office at 202-476-7622 and ask to speak to a nurse, or call our Anesthesiology office at 202-476-2025 and ask to speak with an anesthesiologist. On the day of surgery, you will meet your anesthesiologist and discuss the best way for your child to go to sleep.

Children’s guarantees anesthesia administered by a fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologist, providing specialized care for your child. 

Stella's Story

little girl on hospital bed eating pancakes

When she and her twin sister were born in 2019, Stella was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation. Her surgeon in Greece recommended that the family see international expert Marc Levitt, M.D., and his team for the surgery, due to his vast experience in repairing challenging cases like Stella’s.

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