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Preparing for Your Child's Surgery

Surgery Preparation for Patients and their Families

It is important for you and your child to feel prepared for surgery. University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital has created two videos so you and your child know what to expect. Please view the video For Kids & Grown Ups first, for an overview of the surgery experience.  Then watch the video For Grown Ups for more detail about what you need to know to feel prepared for surgery. For 24/7 questions about pediatric surgery, please call your surgeon’s clinic or 612-365-1000.

For Kids & Grown Ups

For Grown Ups

Child-Family Life Services

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital’s Child-Family Life staff are experts in helping families cope with illness and hospitalization. Through therapeutic play and child-appropriate hospital interventions, we help children and families cope, and also teach families and caregivers how to help manage stress and anxiety regarding a child’s illness. To meet with a Child-Family Life specialist, please call 612-672-7272. 

Our Preparation Program

We can further help you prepare your child through our Children’s Preparation Program. To learn more, call 612-672-7272 or 1-800-824-1953 and ask for information about the Children’s Preparation Program. 

For more general information or to schedule a tour, please visit our Patients and Visitors page. You may also download our free smartphone app designed to help patients and families prepare for their healthcare experience. You can download Discover Passport to University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital app in Google Play or iTunes

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