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Pediatric Surgery

Pediatric surgery is available at Inova Children’s Hospital, Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Loudoun Hospital. Services vary by location.


If your child is scheduled for surgery


Inova Children's Hospital free pre-surgical tour

If your child is scheduled for surgery at Inova Children's Hospital and you are interested in a pre-surgical tour for you and your child, please contact our Child Life Department at 703-776-3906.
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Inova Alexandria Hospital virtual tour



NPO guidelines

Procedures requiring anesthesia or sedation require that your child fast before the exam or procedure. This is known as NPO (an acronym of the Latin, nothing by mouth). NPO means no fluids (including water) or food are allowed for a specified number of hours before the exam. The requirements vary depending on the procedure and the age of the child. Refer to our NPO guidelines (in both English and Spanish) for details.


Preparing your child for surgery brochure

Additional helpful information for preparing for your child's surgery at Inova Children's Hospital is contained in our brochure, Preparing Your Child for Surgery (available in English and Spanish).


Inova Children’s Hospital surgical services

The pediatric surgery program at Inova Children’s Hospital is a regional leader in innovation and outcomes, with expertise in all types of surgical procedures for children including complex treatment for children’s cardiac conditions.

Inova Children's Hospital performs more than 4,000 pediatric surgeries and more than 800 sedation/infusion procedures each yearA state-of-the-art pediatric surgery center offers inpatient and outpatient surgical services for children, adolescents and their families.

  • Our dedicated pediatric anesthesiologists and specialized nurses are at the forefront of pediatric medicine
  • Our nursing care is ranked nationally in the top 10 percent by our physicians
  • Our most frequently performed pediatric surgery is an appendectomy, with a mean length of stay of 2.1 days. Our complication rate is 1.6 percent lower than the top 15 percent of high-performing hospitals

Inova Children's Hospital surgery capabilities

  • Cardiac
  • Craniofacial
  • General surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Plastics
  • Podiatry
  • Trauma
  • Urology