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Preparing Your Child for Surgery

Child Life and Therapeutic Arts Programs

Whether your child is scheduled for a minor surgery or a longer or more complicated procedure, preparing for it can be overwhelming for everyone. Once you understand what to expect and how to prepare, you and your family will feel ready to take on the challenges of that day. 

The surgery team and Child Life staff at Phoenix Children’s are here to support you through the process. We’ll talk to you about things you can do at home, at the hospital and afterward to promote recovery and healing.

Age-Appropriate Pre-Surgery Guides

Our child life specialists understand how to listen to and respond to a child’s concerns about surgery. They’ll communicate with your child using materials and approaches that are meant to provide comfort and validation, while making everything feel more manageable.

Your child’s care team can help concerned siblings and family members, too. Whatever the procedure and no matter your child’s condition, you’ll have answers, educational resources and information. You are encouraged to ask questions to be sure you’re comfortable with your child’s treatment, and your child should feel comfortable to do the same.

Learn more about how to prepare your child for surgery:

General Surgery Video Tour

Take a virtual pre- and post-operative tour so you know what to expect when you come in for surgery at Phoenix Children’s.

General Surgery Video Tour

Contact Us

If you would like additional guidance on how to better prepare your child for surgery or schedule a pre-operative presentation (POP) tour, please call 602-933-1540 or email

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