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

What to bring the day of surgery

  • Comfortable clothes. You will change into hospital pajamas, but it’s nice to have comfortable clothes when you go home.
  • Something from home you might want to take to surgery with you. You could bring something you like to sleep or cuddle with or something that you just like to have with you. Some kids choose not to bring anything at all. That’s the point. It’s your choice! (As long as you can’t eat it and it isn’t alive!)
  • Things to do. Children’s has many toys, games, and other things to do, but if you have something special you like to do, ask your parents if it’s okay to bring it the along. And just like when you bring something to school, it’s a good idea to have your name on it.
  • A camera (if you like). It’s fun to make a scrapbook of your experience at the hospital. It’s a great way to share your story with friends. Please do not include other patients, families, or staff in pictures without their permission.
  • Questions for your doctors. You might be wondering about your surgery. If you write down your questions it’s easier to remember them when you see your doctor.

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 three days 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.



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