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Whether a child is having minor surgery or the most complex procedure, the operating rooms at Texas Children’s Hospital provide comprehensive state-of-the-art facilities, services, technology and support. Each year, approximately 35,000 cases are completed in 40 operating rooms at 7 sites within Texas Children’s Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands. From admission to recovery, our more than 800 member surgical team is dedicated to ensuring an optimal experience for every patient.
All operating rooms are fully integrated with electronic medical record access, endoscopic equipment, including advanced fetoscopes, and same-floor instrument processing to ensure the highest level of efficiency, patient care and safety.
Because we know surgery can cause anxiety for children and their parents, we have implemented a number of processes in the operating rooms to help the experience go more smoothly.
- A “virtual OR” simulator educates parents and patients about what happens during surgery.
- Color-coded pajamas are provided and scents, such as bubble gum, are applied to the anesthesia masks to help ease the child’s concerns.
- Child life specialists provide developmental, educational and therapeutic interventions for children undergoing medical treatment. Our specialists work with children to effectively manage stress and reduce anxiety prior to surgery.
- Our surgeons also perform surgery at the bedsides of children too sick to move, and our mobile team, including board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists, can travel to any site in the hospital to treat our patients.
Operating Room Locations
Texas Children’s Mark A. Wallace Tower
Each year more than 9,000 surgical procedures take place in these 9 operating rooms. Located on the 7th floor of Mark A. Wallace Tower, the operating rooms are predominantly used for outpatient surgeries and procedures.
Texas Children’s West Tower Operating Rooms
Used primarily for inpatient and emergent procedures, these 10 operating rooms are located on the 3rd floor of the West Tower. More than 5,000 surgical procedures are completed each year including some of the most complex transplant, neurological and trauma cases.
Texas Children’s Smith Legacy Tower Operating Rooms
The 6 large state-of-the-art operating rooms located on the 8th floor of Smith Legacy Tower are designed for multidiciplinary cases requiring large surgical teams and operations using cutting edge medical equipment. One of the operating suites also includes an intraoperative MRI specifically designed for the safety of our neurosurgical patients. More than 3,000 surgical procedures are completed each year including some of the most complex transplant, neurological and trauma cases.
Texas Children’s Smith Legacy Tower Cardiovascular Operating Rooms
Four cardiovascular operating rooms are located on the 20th floor of Smith Legacy Tower. More than 1,000 procedures are completed each year in these operating rooms each year. Surgeons collaborate closely with pediatric cardiologists and cardiac intensivists to provide the highest level of patient care.
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus
Located on the 3rd floor of Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, these 6 operating rooms are used primarily for outpatient and select emergent procedures. More than 9,500 surgeries and procedures were performed at West Campus last year.
Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands
Located on the 3rd floor of Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, these 7 operating rooms are used primarily for outpatient and select emergent procedures.More than 10,000 surgeries and procedures were performed at The Woodlands Campus last year.Texas Children's is proud to be serving families in The Woodlands and the surrounding areas.