Having surgery is a new experience for many kids. You can help your child feel prepared and comfortable before their surgery by watching the videos and reading the booklets on this page.
Our teaching materials are designed by Children's Mercy Child Life specialists, who prepare children for medical tests and procedures by using dolls, pictures, and words to help them understand their medical experiences. Child Life staff also provide age-appropriate activities and support for your child and family throughout your hospital stay.
Scheduling a pre-op teaching session
A pre-operative teaching session is an in-person visit to the hospital before your child's surgery to help them feel comfortable and familiar with what they will experience. If your child is scheduled for surgery and you are interested in talking with a Child Life specialist about the procedure or scheduling a preoperative teaching session, please contact the Child Life Department at one of the following locations:
Children's Mercy Adele Hall Campus
Children's Mercy Hospital Kansas