Preparing for Surgery

At Texas Children's, we know all about helping children and their families through stressful times like surgeries. Not only does Texas Children's offer excellent medical and surgical care, we also help take care of the emotional needs of your child. We can help you reassure your child, but no one knows your son or daughter better than you. In fact, you play the most important role in preparing your child for surgery and helping to make his or her experience at Texas Children's a positive one.

Below you will find helpful tools to use as you prepare for your child's surgery. 

Videos to Help Prepare for Your Child's Surgery

Preparing for Your Child's Surgery

What to Expect on the Day of Your Child's Surgery

Pre-Surgery Instruction Guide

The guides below are given to families in our clinics when a surgery may be planned. Families may also receive guide this by email.

Pre-Surgery Instruction Guide

Instrucciones Antes de la Cirguía

A Timeline to Prepare Your Child for Surgery

As a parent, you play a key role in helping your child prepare for surgery. Here are some simple, age-appropriate ways to educate your child about their surgery and help make it a positive experience. Learn more

In the weeks before surgery

In the weeks before your child's surgery, make sure all testing and clinic visits needed for surgery are complete. Many patients visit the PASS (Pediatric Anesthesia Screening Service) Clinic to make sure they are healthy enough for surgery.

Two business days before surgery

Two days before surgery you will receive a phone call from Texas Children's informing you of your arrival time for surgery. This call could come anytime from 9 am to 3 pm. Please call your surgeon's office if you have questions or have not received a call by 3 pm, 2 business days before your child's surgery.

The day before surgery

It is important to follow the correct eating and drinking instructions to prepare your child for surgery. Your child must have an empty stomach before receiving anesthesia to prevent choking or vomiting during the procedure. Clear liquids like water can be given until arrival time to help with hunger and hydration. If the proper eating and drinking instructions are not followed, your child's surgery may be delayed or canceled. 

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On the day of surgery

Surgeries are performed at all Texas Children's Hospital Locations. In the Texas Medical Center operating rooms are located on: West Tower Level 3; Mark A. Wallace Tower Level 7, The Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower Level 8 and Level 20. At Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands and Texas Children's West Campus, Surgery Reception and the operating rooms are on Level 3. 

On the day of surgery, make sure to arrive at the time given to you over the phone by your surgeon's office. When you arrive, check in at your Surgery Reception location. Learn more