Master's Research Project


A 3D animation that gives an overview of the tonsillectomy procedure.

Software: Autodesk Maya 2016, Adobe Character Animator and Adobe AfterEffects


Twenty illustrations to accompany text on the website.


A website to host the animation and illustrations to share with Ontario hospitals.

project link
Tonsillectomy/Adenotonsillectomy Patient Resource Website

The goal of the project is to create a tonsillectomy patient education website for a lay audience. Patient feedback will be used to create a website, animation and many illustrations that are easy to remember, kid friendly and visually stimulating. In the long term, the goal is to create a publicly accessible website that contains all 10 of the top otolaryngology procedures for patient throughout Canada.

The decision to undergo a tonsillectomy is an inherently stressful time for patients and their families. Tonsillectomy with or without adenoidectomy is the second most frequent surgical procedure in the pediatric patient population (Hadden et. al 2011) and the second most common ENT procedure for adults. Given the association between pain and poor post-surgical outcomes, effective pain management after the procedure is an important goal (Hadden et. al 2011). Pain management is patient administered and thus, educating the patient is essential to promote proper self-care. The purpose of the project is to provide a persistent, accessible patient-centered platform to help patients, and in some cases their parents, at all stages of the surgical procedure’s “lifecycle”. The resource addresses why tonsils are removed, preparation for the tonsillectomy, a description of the procedure itself and instructions for post-surgical care. If successful, the website could expand for patients undergoing all of the most common otolaryngology procedures. We also plan on promoting the website, such that surrounding community otolaryngologists in Ontario have the option of using it for their patients. This project has the potential of transforming, and greatly improving patient education.


Primary Supervisor: Nick Woolridge (Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto)

Content Advisor: Dr. Eric Monteiro (Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto)

Secondary Supervisor: Michael Corrin (Biomedical Communications, University of Toronto)