Retropharyngeal Abscess Drainage | Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Surgery Otolaryngology (ENT)
Retropharyngeal Abscess Drainage

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  • Before Surgery
    • Recovery after my Surgery
      • Will I need to remain intubated after this surgery?
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      • Will my voice be affected after my surgery?
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      • How will this surgery affect my breathing?
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      • When will I be able to eat and drink normally after this surgery?
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      • What can I expect my pain to be like and what are my options for pain medications?
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      • Will I have any tubes or drains put in during surgery and for how long?
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      • How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?
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      • How long will it be before I can get back to my normal routine?
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      • How long will it be until I can drive again?
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      • How long will it be until I can go back to work?
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    • My Current Medications
      • Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?
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    • My Surgery
      • Why do I need this surgery?
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      • What will this surgery do?
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      • What are the risks and possible complications of this surgery?
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      • What are the chances that the abscess could come back after this procedure?
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      • When will the results of the drainage fluid testing come back?
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      • Will I have an incision? If so, where and how big will my incision be?
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      • How long will this surgery take?
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    • Lab Tests
      • What tests do I need to do before surgery?
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  • Day of Surgery
    • General Questions
      • How long will my surgery take?
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      • Do I need any medication or compression boots to prevent blood clots?
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      • Do I need any antibiotics to prevent infections?
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      • I have not eaten or drank anything since midnight, including water
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  • After Surgery
    • Questions to Ask After my Surgery
      • How did my procedure go?
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      • When can we restart my usual prescription medications?
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      • How are we preventing the formation of blood clots?
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      • When can I have my drains, tubes, and/or catheters removed?
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      • When and what can I eat or drink?
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      • Do I need to do breathing exercises?
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      • How much longer do you think I need to stay in the hospital?
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      • What needs to happen before I can be discharged?
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      • How are we going to manage my pain?
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    • My Daily Questions
      • What's the plan for today (labs, tests, procedures)?
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      • How does my incision look?
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    • Questions to Ask After on Day of Discharge
      • Have we arranged for my prescriptions to be filled?
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      • Are there any medications that I need to avoid?
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      • How do I take care of my incision?
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      • When can I take a shower?
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      • Do I have staples or sutures that need to be removed?
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      • When can I go back to work?
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      • When can I drive again?
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      • When can I resume sexual activity?
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  • Before Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • I have planned to take time off work
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I can get help around the house for 1 week for my recovery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I have a ride home from the hosptial after surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I have asked someone to stay with me the first night after surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I spoke with the anesthesia team
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I completed my lab tests and imaging.
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I know where to go for my surgery and at what time
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I know which medications to stop before surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I will call my healthcare team if I am sick or have a fever
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I will stop taking blood thinners, including aspirin, NSAIDS, herbals at least 7 days before surgery, if possible.
        -7 days at 9:00
      • If I smoke, I will stop smoking before surgery.
        -1 day at 18:00
      • I will not eat or drink anything after midnight
        -1 day at 18:00
  • Day of Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • I confirmed my name and date of birth with my healthcare team
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      • I confirmed my surgery with my healthcare team
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      • I made sure the correct site of my surgery was marked and signed informed consent forms
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      • I confirmed my allergies with my healthcare team
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  • After Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • I will make sure my healthcare team wash their hands before and after my care
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      • I will not wait until my pain is severe until I ask for pain medication
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      • I will make sure the call button is within reach before medical staff leave the room
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      • I will sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before I stand up to prevent getting dizzy
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      • I will not get out of bed without help if I feel weak or dizzy
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      • I understand which medications I am taking while in the hospital
        0 day at 18:00
      • Will my urinary catheter be removed today?
        1 day at 9:00
      • I will ask the healthcare team if I received blood thinners to prevent blood clots
        1 day at 9:00
      • I will walk in the hallway and get out of bed to a chair.
        1 day at 9:00
      • I will start eating and drinking as allowed by my healthcare team.
        1 day at 9:00
      • Am I being discharged today?
        1 day at 9:00
      • Check with my healthcare team about which medications I should take at home
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      • My prescription medications have been filled and I know when and how to take them
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      • I will ask my healthcare team how to care for myself and my incision at home
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      • I have scheduled my post-op appointment
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      • I have a ride home today and someone will stay with me tonight
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  • Recovery at Home
    • General Instructions
      • I know when and how to take my pain medications at home
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will keep my incision clean and dry
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will follow my healthcare team's instructions on eating and drinking liquids
        2 days at 9:00
      • I can resume daily activities and resume sexual activity in one week's time
        2 days at 9:00
    • Call The Doc If
      • I know to call if I have a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I have shortness of breath or chest pain
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I notice increased redness, swelling, warmth, or pain around my surgical incision
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I notice that my incision is separating or I have infected discharge from my incision
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I have difficulty breathing or swallowing
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I have severe throat pain
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if the muscles between my ribs pull in when breathing
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I have difficulty turning my head
        2 days at 9:00
  • Recovery at Home
      • Do NOT drive while on prescription pain medications
        1 day at 9:00
      • Call the doctor if you have any questions about recovery or feel something is not right
        1 day at 9:00
      • Avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting as long as my healthcare team advises
        1 day at 9:00