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Surgery Prep

Preparing children for surgery can help them feel less anxious about the anesthesia and surgery and get through the recovery period faster. The key is to provide information at your child's level of understanding, correct misunderstandings and get rid of fears and feelings of guilt, help your child understand why the surgery is needed and become familiar with the hospital and some of the procedures he or she will undergo.

Ask Questions
Explain the Problem
Dispel Fears
Relieve Guilt
Explain What Will Happen


Child Life specialists supervise many special events for children and teens in the hospital. These include a weekly pet therapy program, birthday and holiday celebrations, visits from community members and a playroom volunteer program.

Megan Christensen
(573) 441-3018

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