Effective May 11, some surgeries are being scheduled. Please click here for the most up to date information on our surgery centers.

Planning for surgery

We recognize how much thought and preparation goes into planning for surgery. To help you get ready a team of parents, teens and staff created and compiled resources to answer your questions and provide information about the surgery experience.

At Children’s we know everyone’s experience is individual and unique. We are committed to working as a team to meet you and your family’s needs.

You must complete some requirements prior to your child’s surgery, including scheduling a pre-operative exam and pre-registering. Review the checklist of what you must do before surgery.

Attend a pre-surgery walking tour

The pre-surgery program walking tour at each site is the best way to learn about having surgery at Children’s. Our pre-surgery programs are designed for patients, parents, and other family members.

Printable My Surgery Story

Your child is scheduled for surgery and it’s important to help them understand what to expect. When facing something new, it’s helpful to have meaningful information. You know your child best, so we developed a hospital story that can be adapted to your child’s individual needs.

Learn more and print stories

Parents: preparing for your child’s surgery

Teens: preparing for surgery

Kids: preparing for surgery



Take a tour designed to help patients and family members to learn what to expect before, during, and after surgery day.


Surgery updates

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.