How can I explain what surgery is to my children?

To explain what surgery is to your children, tell them that surgery is a procedure that people have to come to the hospital for. Explain to your children that the doctor that does the surgery is called a surgeon and it is his or her job to fix a part of the body so that it is better or healthier. Explain to your children that kids have to have surgery for many reasons.

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