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Having Surgery at Children’s


Children’s understands that when a child needs surgery, it is a stressful time for families. Children’s has many resources to help families prepare for the experience. Many support services.

Children’s encourages families to visit the hospital for a pre-surgical tour so children can familiarize themselves with the process. Tours take place every Sunday at 2 pm in the hospital Atrium. The tour takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. No registration is necessary.

Children’s also offers an online pre-surgical tour in language that is easy for kids to understand.


Video Guide to Having Surgery
Watch the videos in English or Spanish.


Our child life specialists can offer tips for preparing children for surgery. For more information, we have a comprehensive section on Having Surgery at Children’s.
Having Surgery at Children’s - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center