Getting Ready for Surgery
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center provides an array of pediatric surgical services, from routine procedures to complex surgeries. Our board certified pediatric surgeons have advanced training, and the patient and family surgical experience at the Connecticut Children’s is specially designed for kids.
Surgery can be scary for children and parents. Connecticut Children’s provides a family-friendly surgical environment, including:
- Pre-surgery tours
- Kid-friendly play areas
- Special cars and trucks that children can drive into the surgical suite
When circumstances allow, parents may be at the bedside as children go to sleep in the surgical suite or awaken from surgery in the recovery room.
Many children who are scheduled for a routine surgery have lots of questions and don’t know what to expect on the big day. Anxiety is common in both the patient and parents, which is why we’re happy to offer pre-operative tours for kids 3 and up!
What you should know
- One of our Child Life Specialists will explain the whole surgery process using language your child will understand
- The tour is a great way to familiarize your child with our operating rooms and medical equipment such as a blood pressure cuff, stethoscope and surgical mask
- All tours start in the UTC Family Resource Center on the second floor of the main campus in Hartford
What to expect
This video gives parents and children an overview about what to expect when they come to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center for a procedure.
Schedule a tour
To schedule a pre-op tour, please call 860.545.9700.
We recommend the following resources to help patients and families prepare for surgery at Connecticut Children’s: