Guide to Surgery

UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital helps families and patients, by providing a glimpse into the surgical experience.

Resources to Help Children and Families Prepare for Surgery

At University Hospitals, we understand how stressful it can be for a family when a child has to undergo an operation.


Download this coloring book (PDF) to help children learn about the surgical experience.

That’s why the staff at University Hospitals Prentiss Pediatric Surgery Center takes all possible measures to make sure that children are fully ready for a surgery.

With our guide to surgery, patients and their families can learn about what to expect before, during, and after surgery. Knowing what to expect and how to prepare for surgery can help make the experience as stress-free as possible, for both parents and children. Aids for families include guides to:

Emergency Referral Services

Providers can arrange for transfer by contacting the Transfer Referral Center:
216-844-PEDS or 1-800-421-9199

Pediatric Emergency Department:

Inpatient information:

Call 9-1-1 for Emergencies

If there is a medical emergency, always dial 9-1-1.

When to call for help.

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