Preparing for Surgery at Primary Children's Riverton


Studies show that patients who understand and are prepared :

  • Cope better with surgery.
  • Feel less nausea and vomit less.
  • Walk and eat sooner after surgery.
  • Go home sooner.
  • Are calmer, have less pain, and need less pain medicine.
  • Experience less stress that may cause behavior changes.
  • Have parents who are better able to help their child through surgery.

    For your convenience, we offer this class every Thursday at our Riverton Outpatient Services facility or by appointment. 

  • For children 2-10 years old, please attend the class from 4:00-4:45 p.m.
  • For children 11 years and up, please attend the class from 5:00-5:45 p.m.
  • *Classes usually only last 30 minutes.

    This Class Includes

    • A tour of the surgery area.
    • Medical play with a child life specialist to show children the equipment, smells, sights, and sounds of surgery.
    • Time for older children and teens to talk about their concerns.
    • Time for parents to ask staff, which may include child life specialists and nurses, questions.
    Event Contact Information
    Contact Name Sara Petersen
    Registration Information

    Please fill out all the fields. There is no payment required. For any questions about the class or registration, please contact Sara Petersen at