Your child needs surgery and a date has been scheduled. Good preparation can help kids feel less anxious about the anesthesia and surgery and get through the recovery period faster. But, like parents everywhere, you're probably uncertain about the best way to prepare your child. 

We've provided  some basic information about preparing for surgery, links to more information, and we offer free weekly Pre-Surgery classes. 

Register for a Pre-Surgery Class  

We offer weekly classes in two convenient locations to help prepare your child for surgery. Register for a class in the same location as your surgery. 

Make sure to register at least three days prior to surgery.

Primary Children's HospitalEvery Mon-Thurs. 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Riverton Outpatient Services: Every Thurs. 4:00-4:45 p.m. (2-10 yrs), 5:00-5:45 (11 yrs and up) 

This class provides information at your child's level of understanding, correct any misunderstandings, and helps get rid of fears. It also helps your child understand why the surgery is needed and become familiar with the hospital and some of the procedures he or she will undergo.

Helping Your Child Prepare for Surgery

Where to Go for Labs Prior to Surgery 

Our Outpatient Lab is on the first floor of our Outpatient Services Building, just beyond the Security Desk. If you are coming from the main hospital, you can walk across the skybridge from the lobby. This puts on the third floor of the Outpatient Building, so follow the curved wall of windows around the corner to the stairs or elevators and proceed to the first floor.  

What to Expect on the Day of Surgery 

When you arrive on the day of surgery, children can play with toys and books you bring from home or sit on your lap and be comforted during the waiting time. You won't be allowed to stay in the operating room during the surgery, but afterward, you'll be escorted to the recovery room to be with your child as he or she awakens. 

After Surgery

Upon discharge, you'll be given instructions for further care at home and for a follow-up visit to the surgeon. During recovery, there may be times of discomfort for your child. So explain that even if this happens, your child will get better.

Distracting your child, whether with a new book or a visit from a relative or friend, also can make recovery more pleasant. Just make sure your child gets plenty of time to rest and recuperate.