Preparing your child for surgery
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.
Take a Surgery Tour
View our tours and share them with your child so you both know what to expect before you arrive.
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Main Operating Room
At Nationwide Children’s, our Department of Surgery provides comprehensive surgical care for infants, children and adolescents with congenital and acquired conditions, including major congenital anomalies, traumatic and thermal injuries, and tumors. Surgery is never routine. Especially when it's your child. We hope these resources will help you and your family prepare for your surgery experience with us.
The Main OR is located in the main hospital tower. It is accessible by taking the C elevators to the 2nd level.
Everything you need to know to help your child prepare for surgery.
What to expect when you arrive for the day of your surgery.
Only two adults may stay with your child in the pre-op and discharge areas. Children under the age of 12 may not visit. However, other children in the family may have questions, too. Use simple and honest language that the brothers and sisters can understand. It’s not just the patient that needs the special attention and expert care we provide. That’s why we have the Nationwide Children’s Clubhouse, a special place for children ages 3 to 11 to visit, play and learn, while their siblings are in the hospital. For more information, call (614) 722-4794.
If you have any questions after reviewing this information, please call (614) 722-5200 Monday to Friday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. After hours, call (614) 722-5297 to leave a voicemail. Your message will be returned the next business day.