Surgical Services at Children's Hospital

The surgical programs at Children’s Hospital New Orleans serve children and families from across Louisiana and the Gulf South in a child-friendly environment that integrates each phase of the surgical experience. Our expert surgeons are trained to care specifically for the unique needs of infants and children, and we offer the benefits of a full-service pediatric hospital dedicated
only to the care of kids.

The surgical facilities at Children’s Hospital, which opened in the spring of 2020 as part of the hospital’s $300 million campus transformation, include a spacious lobby and waiting area for families, leading to a 42-bed Same Day Surgery Unit with all private patient rooms. Two private consultation rooms bridge the unit and OR to allow for quick consults between physicians and parents. A spacious 24-bay Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is located directly next to the Same Day Surgery Unit, providing easy access for families after the child’s surgery. Our facilities include 12 expansive ORs, with an OR dedicated to the Da Vinci surgical robot, two cardiac catheterization labs, and five special procedure suites.

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Surgery at Children’s Hospital

When a child needs surgery, you deserve to know that they will be cared for by skilled professionals that you can trust. A child’s body is different from an adult, and should only be operated on by a surgeon who understands the complexities of pediatric surgery.

Complex pediatric medical conditions often require care plans from multidisciplinary teams. We are proud to be the only facility in the state of Louisiana that offers a full array of pediatric specialists and sub-specialists to care for the whole child.

Each year, children from across Louisiana and the Gulf South region visit Children’s Hospital for specialized surgical services including:

How to help your child prepare for surgery:

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Answer their questions

You don’t have to go into too much detail, but answering your child’s questions about surgery can help put them at ease. It assures them that you know what’s going on and feel confident that they will be safe. Of course, you deserve to have your questions answered as well, and our staff will be happy to answer your questions too.

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Explain why surgery is necessary

Children don’t always understand what’s happening to them. It’s important for them to realize that surgery is something they need. This doesn’t mean you need to scare them with the alternative, but just remind them that surgery will make them feel better and stronger in the long run.

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Meet with your care team

Being handed off to another adult for surgery can be intimidating. Have your child meet with the surgeon ahead of time. Our surgical team works exclusively with kids and can reassure them that we are friendly and are working to help them feel better.

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Focus on the outcome

Help keep your child focused on how much better they will feel after the operation. Surgery often does involve some discomfort immediately after the operation, so choose your words carefully, but your child know that the procedure should make their life easier.

If you’re having trouble getting your child comfortable with the idea of surgery, please contact our Child Life team at 504.896.9350. We work with children on a daily basis and can help them and the rest of your family feel more confident.

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