Coming for surgery at SickKids

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Find out how best to prepare your child for surgery at SickKids.

Key points

  • The SickKids website has resources to help you and your child learn what to expect before a hospital visit.
  • If your child is having surgery there are a series of resources that will help you and your child be better prepared.

Surgery can be a scary experience for you as well as your child, especially if you do not know what to expect or how to prepare your child for it. Being informed, however, will help reduce your fears and those of your child.

Online information from SickKids

The SickKids website has various resources to:

  • teach you about what to expect when your child comes in for surgery
  • help prepare you and your child as well as possible.

Please check out the following links before bringing your child in for surgery.

Coming for surgery

Preparing for surgery

Coming to SickKids for surgery: A patient-guided video tour

What to expect on the day of surgery

Preparation checklist

Frequently asked questions about coming for surgery

Help from your child’s health-care team

Your child’s health-care team will be available to guide you through the surgery process and help you in any way they can so that you can best support your child.

If you still have unanswered questions after reviewing these links, please contact your clinic or bring the questions to your next appointment.

Last updated: August 31st 2015