Surgical Procedures

Easing Fears & Concerns

The best way to prepare for any surgery, whether it’s a routine outpatient procedure or a complex operation requiring an overnight hospital stay, is to be open and honest with your child. Kids of all ages cope better when they have a concrete idea about what’s happening and why, and how they might feel before, during and after the procedure. Take time to:

  • Help your child understand the condition or physical problem that requires surgery.
  • Familiarize your child with the necessary medical procedure(s).
  • Give your child a “step-by-step” about what to expect from the time you arrive, to well after the surgical procedure.
  • Talk about how your child may feel before, during and after the surgery.

Preparing for General Surgery

Get the facts on where to go, how to prepare and what to expect where your child is having a surgical procedure.


Surgery at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know About Surgery


Surgery in Specific Specialties

If your child is have a specific type of operation or procedure (e.g., neurosurgery), we've gathered more information, specifically, as it relates to surgical subspecialties.

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Our Specialty Surgical Services

Surgery is very different for children from surgery for adults. That's why our pediatric specialists and surgeons are specially trained to care for even the tiniest patient.

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Note: Not all services listed are available at every Nemours location.


Quality & Safety Outcomes: Surgery

We rigorously measure and compare our results to other pediatric health care providers across the country. We’re able to look at how we’re doing by tracking and analyzing information about our patients’ “outcomes” (or how our care affects the children we treat).

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Helpful Information

For more information about preparing for your child’s surgical visit, check out these articles from KidsHealth.org.

Online Resources

Surgery at Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

Top 10 Things Kids Need to Know About Surgery

Take your child on a pediatric surgery video tour with Sheridan on her surgery day. This fun, kid-friendly video shows children and teens what to expect, step-by-step, if they need an operation at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.