COVID-19 info: Surgeries are being scheduled at our surgery centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. We are taking precautions to keep your family safe.  Learn more about what to expect for surgery »

Some surgeries are being scheduled at Children’s Minnesota Surgery Centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Children’s Minnesota Surgery and Specialty Center in Minnetonka continues to be temporarily closed.

A COVID-19 test is needed before scheduled surgeries at Children’s Minnesota. The COVID-19 test is important to ensure we can provide the best care and determine the timing for your child’s care and treatment.

If your child is scheduled for surgery at Children’s Minnesota, click here for more information about preparing for surgery at this time:
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Getting ready for surgery

To help you and your family prepare for surgery, we’ve compiled Children’s Minnesota resources specific to parents, teens and kids.

What type of information would you like?

Answers to common questions

How do I cancel or reschedule surgery?

Call your surgeon’s office.

What do I do if my child is sick the day before surgery?

Call your surgeon’s office.

Is a COVID-19 test needed before surgery?

Yes, children scheduled for surgery should get a COVID-19 test within three days of surgery. The test helps decide the best timing for your child’s care. If your child does not get tested for COVID-19, the surgery could be delayed. Learn more about preparing for surgery with COVID-19 precautions »

What are considered clear liquids when following eating and drinking guidelines?

Examples of clear liquids include: clear Popsicles®, apple juice, Gatorade®, Jell-O®, Kool-Aid® or soft drinks. Learn more about eating and drinking guidelines.

Who can I call if I have questions about surgery?

You will get a call from a Children’s Minnesota nurse before surgery. This is a great time to ask questions. If you haven’t received a call from a Children’s Minnesota nurse by the day before surgery, or if you have questions, call:

If you need to cancel or reschedule surgery, please call your surgeon’s office.

Where can I find information about anesthesia or other aspects of surgery?

The following Patient and Family Education Materials are helpful resources for surgery:

COVID-19 safety at Children’s Minnesota

Learn how we’re changing health care to keep your family safe.