Children's Hospital Colorado
Orthopedics Institute
Orthopedics Institute

Preparing for Spine Surgery

Patients attend Spine Class before surgery

The spine team at Children’s Hospital Colorado knows that spine surgery can feel scary and overwhelming, so we created a special class to help kids prepare. Patients and families attend a Spine Class one to two months before surgery. When you come to class you’ll find out what to expect before, during and after spine surgery.

During Spine Class, patients and families will:

  • Tour Children’s Colorado to see the Surgery Center, patient rooms and other hospital amenities.
  • Hear from expert speakers on the spine care team including nurses, a physical therapist, a child life specialist and a respiratory therapist.
  • Get answers to questions about anesthesia, pain management, recovery and more.
  • Meet a Children’s Colorado patient who recently had a similar surgery and listen to his or her story.

You’ll have the chance to ask our patient speaker anything. He or she will tell you:

  • How was his/her stay at Children’s Hospital Colorado?
  • How did he/she beat boredom while recovering from surgery at home?
  • How long after spine surgery did he/she get back to regular activities?
  • What activities is he/she participating in now?
  • What is life like after spine surgery?
  • Tips and tricks for an easier recovery.

Frequently asked questions about Spine Class:

When and where is Spine Class held?
Spine Class is held at Children’s Colorado on Anschutz Medical Campus in the conference center. Class usually takes place on the first Thursday of every month from 1:15 to 4 p.m.

Who can come to Spine Class?
Spine Class is designed for healthy older school-age children, teens and young adults. Younger children and special needs children will also get pre-operative teaching and a tour, but in a “one-on-one” setting.

Who can come with me?
Patients can bring anyone they’d like to Spine Class. Most patients bring their parents or guardian. Grandparents and older brothers and sisters can also attend.

I live out of town, how can I get this information?
Our spine team nurses are happy to answer any and all of your questions about spine surgery. We provide all pre-surgery information to all of our patients. You can also view the following videos to help prepare you for surgery:


How do I sign up or get more information? 

Please call our spine team nurses at 720-777-6962 with questions.