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Preparing at Home

You will begin the bowel preparation (prep) at home the day before your child is expected to have surgery to clean the bowel. Additionally, your child will be admitted to the hospital before their procedure to continue to clean their bowels. View the PDF.

Bowel Clearing

Morning of Admission


At the time of admission you can expect the following things to happen:

  • Vital signs will be checked
  • An intravenous (IV) line will be placed
  • Bowel prep will continue to clear out stool
  • Rectal irrigations to help clean out the bowels 

How will my child be monitored during their hospital stay?

Will my child need an IV?

What does preparation for surgery entail?

Will my child need rectal irrigations before surgery?

What is a malone appendicostomy?

Who should I contact if I have questions about my child's colorectal surgery?

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What to Expect During Your First Visit

Learn more about completing the colorectal intake form, documents you need to bring and what to expect during and after your child's first appointment.

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Hospital Amenities

While your child is receiving medical care at Children’s National, we want to be sure that your family’s needs are being cared for. Learn more about our amenities.