What to Expect

Surgery at Children's Medical Center

As a parent, you have a vital role in preparing your child for surgery at Children's.Our pediatric specialists and family-friendly environment will help make your child's surgery day as comfortable as possible. Help us give your child the best quality care by following the guidelines at your respective surgery location.

Surgery Brochures by Location

Surgery at Children's at Dallas - English & Spanish (PDF)

Surgery at Children's at Legacy - English & Spanish (PDF)

Surgery at the Pavilion Surgery Center in Dallas (PDF)

Some Suggestions for Parents

Child life specialists at Children's suggest you prepare your child for a stay in the hospital by considering these ideas:

  • If children are old enough to understand, tell them in advance about the upcoming hospital stay. Older children can be told about their medical condition, the procedures required and other details about hospitalization earlier than younger children. A younger child generally should not be told until a few days before the hospitalization.
  • Try to answer your child's questions about the hospital honestly. You may want to try to explain what the child can expect while at the hospital.
  • Reassure your child that you or another family member will be nearby while your child is in the hospital to make sure he or she is all right.
  • Pack some special items from home. Familiar objects will help your child feel more comfortable in a strange place. A favorite toy can serve as a security blanket and can accompany your child into surgery, the recovery room or to the intensive care unit.
  • Siblings may find a child's hospitalization almost as stressful as the patient does. The best way to alleviate their fears is to bring them with you on a visit to the hospital. Probe for and correct any misconceptions your children may have about a brother's or sister's illness or about hospital procedures. After the hospitalization is over, set aside time for communication and activities with each child individually.
  • Remember, our child life staff is here to help. If you need more information or would like to speak with a child life specialist directly, please feel free to contact the child life department at 214-456-6280.