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Preparing for Surgery

If your child is having surgery, or a procedure requiring anesthesia, we can help you prepare. Download our Countdown to Surgery & Procedures with Anesthesia book in English or Spanish for more information.

Discussing surgery with your child may be challenging. Download our Getting Ready for Surgery book written by our Child Life Specialists for more information. 

Scheduling Your Child's Procedure

This video walks parents through what you need to do 30 to 5 days before your child's surgery at Lurie Children's.

Get more information about how to schedule your child's procedure:

The Day Before Surgery

The video above walks parents through what specifics they may need - when a nurse will call with your child's time of surgery and what to expect during your visit. You can also find more information on what your child can or can not eat or drink the day before their surgery.

During Your Visit

Learn more about what to expect immediately before, during and after your child's surgery including some of the people you will meet and what to expect during and after surgery.

Get more information on what to expect the day of your child's visit:

Post-procedure Care

After your child's procedure, check back for what to expect with billing, medical records and any other specifics after the procedure and your hospital stay are finished.

More information for after your visit: