Tonsil/UP3 (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty) | Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Surgery Otolaryngology (ENT)
Tonsil/UP3 (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty)

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  • Before Surgery
    • Recovery after my Surgery
      • 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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      • How long will I have to stay in the hospital/clinic 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
      • Can you review my medication list with me?
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      • Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?
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    • Choice of Anesthesia
      • What kinds of anesthesia can I have for this procedure?
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      • Do I need to see an anesthesiologist before my surgery?
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    • Preparing for my Surgery
      • When should I stop eating and drinking before surgery?
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      • What time should I arrive for my surgery?
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      • Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?
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      • Will I need someone to drive me home from the hospital?
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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 my non-surgical options?
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      • Are there any other surgical options?
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      • How soon would you recommend that I have this surgery?
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      • What can I expect if I choose not to have this surgery?
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      • What can I expect if I choose to delay this surgery?
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      • What surgical technique will you use (ie. conventional, LAUP)?
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      • What are the chances that my symptoms could return after this surgery?
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      • How extensive will this surgery be?
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      • Will I still have to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy after this surgery?
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      • Where and how big will my incision be?
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      • What will my scar look like?
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      • How long will this surgery take?
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      • Do you think I will need a blood transfusion during my surgery?
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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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      • How long will it be until I wake up?
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      • When will my visitors be able to see me?
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      • Do I need any antibiotics to prevent infections?
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  • After Surgery
    • Questions to Ask After my Surgery
      • When can we restart my usual prescription medications?
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      • When can I eat or drink?
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      • What can I eat or drink?
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      • When will I be ready to leave 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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      • How will I fill new prescriptions?
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      • Are there any medications that I need to avoid?
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      • Are there any special instructions for taking care of my throat?
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      • When can I take a shower?
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      • When do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
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      • Do I have sutures that need to be removed?
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      • What can my activity level be when I get home?
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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 my recovery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I have a ride home 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 and what time to go for surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I know which medications to stop before surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I will stop taking blood thinners, including aspirin, NSAIDS and herbals, at least 10 days before surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • If I smoke, I will stop smoking before surgery for 3 days
        -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 have not eaten or drank anything since midnight, including water
        0 day at 6:30
      • I confirmed my name, date of birth, and 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 medication allergies with my healthcare team
        0 day
  • After Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • I will make sure my healthcare team wash their hands before and after my care
        0 day at 18:00
      • I will not wait until my pain is severe until I ask for pain medication
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      • I will not get out of bed without help if I feel weak or dizzy
        0 day at 18:00
      • I understand which medications I am taking in the hospital and at home
        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 or compression devices 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
      • I know to call my healthcare team if I have any bleeding from my throat
        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 I will have ear pain after surgery due to referred pain for my throat for two weeks
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know when and how to take my pain medications at home and that some pain will remain given the surgery
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting greater than a gallon or two of milk for two weeks
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to eat soft foods that are easy to swallow and avoid crunchy or hard foods that will make my throat bleed
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know I can return to work in a week and resume normal activities after two weeks, unless otherwise instructed
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know I can resume sexual activitiy in two weeks
        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 for two weeks after surgery
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if I have a stiff neck or jaw pain, I know ear pain is normal after surgery
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know I will have pain and difficulty swallowing liquids and solids and will keep drinking fluids
        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