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Preparing for Surgery

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803 | Get Map & Directions »
Information: (302) 651-4000 | Visiting Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week*

Easing Your Child's Concerns (and Yours)

Our highly trained pediatric surgical teams at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children understand children's physical and emotional needs. No matter what kind of procedure your child needs, we know any kind of operation can be scary. Knowing what to expect can often help both you and your child feel more prepared and less anxious about the big day.

To help ease your family's mind, take your child on a pediatric surgery video tour (above) with Sheridan on her surgery day. This fun, kid-friendly video (made possible by generous donations to the Nemours Fund for Children's Health) shows children and teens what to expect every step of the way.

General Tips

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. 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” list 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.

Your Child's Surgery Guidebook

Get detailed, step-by-step instructions and information about what will happen before, during and right after surgery:

Learn More About Surgery & Anesthesia

For additional information to help you and your child prepare for surgery, check out these articles from Nemours’ experts at (the #1 most-visited children's health website in the world):

Where to Go on Operation Day

Second Floor, Surgical Services
Phone: (302) 651-4000

For children who need same-day outpatient procedures, our Nemours Surgical Care Center (located on the second floor of the hospital) offers the convenience and ease of a state-of-the-art surgical center, staffed by our experienced, caring team who know how to help kids — and parents — feel comfortable.

For surgeries scheduled at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, families are encouraged to access the Hospital Entrance. To do this, proceed through the main gate at Children’s Drive and follow the signs to the Hospital Entrance.

  • Free Underground Parking: For your convenience, we have a free underground parking facility with 188 parking spaces reserved for families. Take the garage elevator to the Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Atrium on the main floor of the hospital and check in at the Welcome Center. Take the public elevator from the Atrium to the second floor. Turn right as you exit the elevator and turn right again down the hallway. Follow signs for Surgery Check-In.
  • Free Aboveground Parking: If you park in one of the aboveground lots, head to the Hospital Entrance. Inside the Hospital Entrance, walk across the Anthony N. Fusco, Sr. Atrium to the hospital elevators. These elevators will be between the Nemours Safety and Wellness Store on your left and the Welcome Center on your right. Go to the second floor. As you exit these elevators, make a sharp right and travel straight down the hallway to Surgery Check-In.

(Note: Cardiac surgeries are performed on the second floor in the Nemours Cardiac Center’s operating room.)

Training Future Experts

Did you know we’re also a teaching hospital? Many of our physicians are leaders in their fields — helping to train tomorrow's pediatric health care providers. And that means you get the benefit of even more people to care for your child.

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*Once they receive a badge, parents, guardians and other identified family care providers or visitors are welcome in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (in accordance with patient and family preferences and the clinical judgment of the patient’s care team).