Pre-surgery tours at Children’s Minnesota Surgery Center – Minneapolis
Due to Level 0 visiting standards, pre-op tours will be suspended until further notice. Review our visiting guidelines here.
Studies show that attending a pre-surgery program reduces anxiety and fear, decreases pain after surgery, and reduces recovery time and complications. Knowing what to expect makes anesthesia, surgery, and recovery less stressful for the whole family.
Pre-surgery programs at Children’s Minnesota are geared towards children 11 years old and younger. The program includes a tour of the facility, an opportunity for children to learn and explore through medical play and for parents to meet with staff to get their questions answered. Each program has a child life specialist who presents information about a child’s surgery in an age-appropriate manner. Even children who’ve had a previous surgery are still encouraged to attend.
Logistics: When and where
At Children’s Minnesota Surgery Center – Minneapolis, pre-surgery programs are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Please check in at the second floor welcome desk by 6:15 p.m. Parking for the pre-surgery programs is available in the green or blue ramp connected to Children’s Minnesota Hospital – Minneapolis (parking fees apply). See a map to the Minneapolis campus.
Pre-surgery programs are held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Families must be registered by noon the day of the program or the tour will be cancelled.
Note the exceptions to the Monday schedule:
- When a holiday falls on a Monday, the program will be held on the Tuesday after the holiday. The following holidays are included: Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day, Christmas Eve/Day and New Year’s Eve/Day.
- If Minneapolis Public Schools close early or cancel evening activities due to inclement weather, our tours will also be cancelled. Please check www.mpls.k12.mn.us for updates.