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Lora talks about her experience with Children's Hospital Colorado when her two daughters had tonsillectomies.

Tonsillectomy Surgery and Recovery

Surgery and going home

You may feel anxious about the day of your child's surgery and how well your child will recover after surgery. Lora and Erich share some of the special experiences they had at Children's Colorado on the day of surgery that made a big difference to them and their daughters. They also provide valuable tips on how they helped their kids get through recovery.

Anesthesia and children

"A child is not a small adult." One of our pediatric anesthesiologists, Tessa Mandler, MD, explains why anesthesia for kids is different. She also talks about what makes anesthesiology at Children's Colorado unique – like the ability to call 24/7 to ask questions before or after surgery.

Lora's recommendations for caring for your child after a tonsillectomy

Here are Lora's top tips for how to help get your child through tonsillectomy recovery.

Center for Children's Surgery

At Children's Colorado, we treat the big things, the little things and everything in between. Our pediatric surgeons are world-renowned pioneers in the treatment of children and adolescents for any level of injury or illness.

We combine advanced technology, innovative research, the latest minimally-invasive techniques and expert care, which consistently positions us among the top pediatric hospitals in the country. We are a destination for surgery that is less invasive, with shorter recovery times and better outcomes.

Learn more about the surgeries we do

24 Pediatric surgical specialties
23,000+ Surgical procedures each year
50+ Board-certified pediatric anesthesiologists

What is a child life specialist?

Child life specialists help with adjustments in the hospital or clinic setting, illness or injury, and the treatments involved. They use play, recreation and educational techniques to assist children and families.

Learn more about our Child Life Program

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Prepare for your surgery

We have resources to help you prepare: a pre-surgery video and tour guided by child life specialists and opportunities to ask questions.

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"I'm a firm believer in pediatric everything for the kids. Pediatrics is just different."

Lora, Addie's and Elise's mom
Lora sits on a couch talking to another mom about how Children's Hospital Colorado allowed her to be involved in the tonsillectomy process for her daughters.


Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.