Children's Hospital Colorado

Reassurance Before Your Child's Surgery



Addie and Elise

Tonsillectomy might seem like a minor outpatient surgery, but to a parent, it's anything but minor. Lora and Erich share the ups and downs of their daughters' surgery and recovery.



Meghan and Dennis, Evelyn's parents, worry most about anesthesia – they'd like reassurance that their daughter will be in good hands.

Dr. Prager talks about outpatient surgery at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Jeremy Prager, MD: outpatient surgery

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

Lora, Addie's and Elise's mom

Preparing for a tonsillectomy

These families share their concerns about surgery and how Children's Colorado eased their worries through education, specialized care and guidance throughout their journey.

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Otolaryngology care team

This is our team of ear, nose and throat (ENT) experts – some of whom cared for Addie and Elise. Our ENT surgeons specialize in pediatric care and treat a variety of conditions – from ear tubes and tonsils, to performing complex reconstructive procedures. Each year we see more than 24,000 patients for a variety of conditions, including common conditions like tonsillitis and ear infections as well as complicated diagnoses like subglottic stenosis, thyroid cancer and cystic fibrosis.

Our ENT team is one of the largest fellowship-trained pediatric otolaryngologist teams in the western United States. These surgeons have gone through a rigorous five-year residency, followed by an additional one to two years of pediatric training. It is this pediatric-specific training that sets us apart.

What is a child life specialist?

Child life specialists are trained professionals who help patients and families adjust and cope with 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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Our child life specialists
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Center for Children's Surgery

At Children's Colorado, we treat the big things, the little things and everything in between. We are a destination for surgery that is less invasive, with shorter recovery times and better outcomes.

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Preparing your child for surgery

The best way to prepare for surgery is to know as much as possible about what will happen and to share that information with your child and their siblings. Our team is here to help.

Get information about preparing for surgery
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Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)

Our ENT team collaborates with other services within Children’s Colorado, such as audiology and speech pathology, to provide comprehensive care for your child.

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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.

"I loved how they allowed us to be involved."

Lora, Addie and Elise's mom

Surgery and going home

Lora and Erich share some of the pleasant surprises that made a big difference to them.

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.

Dr. Mandler, pediatric anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital Colorado, discusses anesthesia for children.
Meet a pediatric anesthesiologist

Passport Program

A fun program that guides families through the surgery process

Evelyn finds out Children's Hospital Colorado serves slushees to their patients after tonsillectomy surgery.
Slushies after surgery

“When they get there, the nurses will tell them, ‘Right when you wake up from surgery, you can have slushies!’”

Lora, Addie's and Elise's mom

Lora's Top Tips for Caring for Your Child After a Tonsillectomy

Lora Faust is a mom of two kids who had tonsillectomy surgery at the same time.
Here are her top tips for how to help get your child through tonsillectomy recovery.

Preparing for your visit

Children's Colorado has many resources to help you prepare for your visit: a pre-surgery video, a pre-surgery tour guided by child life specialists and multiple opportunities to ask questions.

Learn more about our pre-surgery resources

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Understanding anesthesia

Our anesthesiology team only treats kids, so we are fully prepared to provide the best possible experience for your child.

Learn more about pediatric anesthesia
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After surgery

Learn about the changes your child may experience after surgery so you'll be prepared to manage them.

Read more about how to help your child
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Tonsillectomy surgery

Learn about tonsillectomy and what to expect afterward to prepare your child and family for what lies ahead.

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Lora stands with her husband and four children, describing why she chose Children's Hospital Colorado for her two girls' tonsillectomies.

"I wanted the whole Children's experience and I loved it. Even when we left the hospital, I looked at my husband and said, 'This is why we chose Children's.'"

Lora, Addie and Elise's mom
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Browse and connect with world-class pediatric specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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Meet more patients

We paired newly diagnosed families with others who have been through the journey.

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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.