Our thorough planning process makes your child’s first visit to the center as beneficial and productive as possible.

Before Your First Visit

When you contact the Colorectal Center for an initial appointment, a nurse will call you to talk about your child’s condition and what your family hopes to accomplish at the initial evaluation. She also will collect your child’s medical record, including previous test results.

Once the nurse has the information needed, she will share it with the rest of the care team. During this meeting, specialists in colorectal surgery, gastroenterology, urology, gynecology and many other fields will talk about your child’s condition and possible treatment options. They will be joined by other team members, such as a dietitian, child life specialist and rehabilitation therapists. Together, they will create a preliminary treatment plan. The nurse will share that plan with you on the phone.

If, after considering this plan, you decide to bring your child to the Colorectal Center, the nurse will send you a detailed schedule so you know what to expect.

During Your First Visit

The initial visit is comprehensive and typically lasts several days. It includes:

  • Appointments with various specialists
  • Diagnostic tests
  • Extensive family education 
  • A meeting with the care team to discuss the treatment plan
  • Treatment, if possible

Resources for Your Visit

The resources below can help you plan your visit to Cincinnati Children’s, prepare for surgery, learn about the medical center’s supportive services and much more. If you have any questions about our center or the care we provide, please contact us.