When your child needs to have surgery, Phoenix Children’s has you covered. Our family-friendly specialists offer services and resources to make everything easier for you. We want you to have all the support you need, so you can focus on your child’s health. We offer a wide array of resources for you and your family.
Preparing for Surgery
We’ll help ease the anxiety that children may feel before surgery. Our resources include help with preparing for surgical procedures designed to help young patients and families. We offer age-specific suggestions on how to ease a child’s fears. We also give families access to a Child Life specialist who’ll walk you through the process, step by step.
The Child Life Department offers pre-surgery tours so children know what to expect when they are scheduled for surgery. During the tour, the Child Life specialist who provides the tour will offer guidance and information about the areas children will see during their hospital stay. Children and families get a closer look at the admitting area, surgery waiting room, pre-surgery room and recovery area. The tour helps everyone to feel more at ease and ready for surgery day.
Tips to Help Prepare Your Child for Surgery, Tests and Procedures
Everyone – especially children – can feel better when they know what to expect, what to do and how to prepare. These tips will help:
- Talk honestly with your child about the surgery. Use simple words that can be easily understood.
- Download a Phoenix Children’s app that can make matters simpler. For suggestions and ideas on how to explain surgery to your child, you can download the free app created by Phoenix Children’s called Simply Sayin’.
- Read a book with your child about going to the hospital. Your Child Life specialist or a nurse at The Emily Center health library may have some suggestions.
- Ask your doctor about what to expect. Ask about what your child will see, hear, feel and experience – before and after surgery. The doctor’s answers will help you prepare your child for what to expect during the surgery experience and recovery process.
Watch the General Surgery Video Tour
Is surgery on the schedule? Children can get a sneak preview and an insider’s look with this short, friendly video tour for children and families. Take a video tour.
Your Child’s Stay
When you’re preparing your child for surgery, you have a lot to plan and do. Learn what to expect and how to prepare. Find resources for everything from places to stay and things to do, to transportation options, educational materials, services and support. Learn more about planning your stay.
Coming from Out of Town?
If you’re traveling to Phoenix Children’s from out of town, get information and help to plan your visit. Find details about hotels and other places to stay, including on-campus and off-campus choices, services and other accommodations for out-of-town visitors.
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