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Surgical Preparation Programs

Children's Hospital & Medical Center offers a surgical preparation program to help children know what to expect on the day of surgery. Preparing your child for the surgery can reduce your child's anxiety and help your child to cope better before, during, and after their hospital experience.

The Program

Operation Learn is a program designed for children ages 3 to 8 years and their families. Families watch a brief video that walks them through the surgery process. A Child Life Specialist reviews the surgical routine utilizing actual medical equipment and the children are invited to participate in hands-on medical play. A tour of the surgical services area is provided and individual questions or concerns can be addressed.

Operation Learn is held every Tuesday evening. The program is free to any family whose child is preparing for surgery at Children's.

Individual appointments are available for children of all ages.


To register for the program or an individual appointment, please call (402) 955-5309.

Siblings are invited to attend!