We understand that surgery can be a stressful experience — for parents and kids.
Our surgeons, pediatricians, anesthesiologists and nurses are all skilled at providing surgical care specifically for kids — and at making the process a positive experience.
Your child’s comfort and safety is our top priority. We want you and your child to feel as comfortable as possible throughout the surgery process.
Before Your Child’s Surgery
We have a number of ways to help prepare you and your child for surgery:
Depending on where your child is having surgery:
Browse a virtual tour of the hospital
Browse a virtual tour of the Specialty Care Center
View our Same Day Surgery Prep Book
Watch Pre-Surgery Tour for the Specialty Care Center
Visit What to Bring for Your Child’s Stay, if your child may be staying overnight.
Visit Before You Arrive for Surgery for information on medical and logistical preparations.
Visit Preparing Your Child for Surgery to prepare your child emotionally.
Arrange for a Pre-Admission Program tour of the hospital, including surgical areas.
Same Day Surgery
If your child is having same day surgery, visit these pages to learn more about what to expect the day of surgery (based on where your child is having surgery):
Patients having surgery at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Specialty Care Center can download a free mobile app, Surgery Connect.
The Surgery Connect app guides you through your child’s surgical procedure — from preparation to notifications during surgery and after care information.
Download the app for free.