Tonsillectomy with or without Adenoidectomy for Children | Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Dr. Ayesha Khalid
Surgery Otolaryngology (ENT)
Tonsillectomy with or without Adenoidectomy for Children

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  • Before Surgery
    • Recovery after my Surgery
      • What can my child expect after surgery?
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      • Will my child's voice be affected after surgery?
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      • When will my child be able to eat and drink normally after this surgery?
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      • How will this surgery affect my child's breathing?
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      • What can I expect my child's pain to be like and what are the options for pain medication?
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      • Will my child stay in the hospital after his/her surgery, and if so for how many nights?
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      • How long will it be before my child can get back to his/her normal routine?
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      • How long will it be until my child can go back to school?
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    • My Current Medications
      • Can you review my child's medication list with me?
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      • Will my child need to stop or change any of his/her current medications?
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    • Choice of Anesthesia
      • What kinds of anesthesia can my child have for this procedure?
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      • Do we need to see an anesthesiologist before my child's surgery?
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    • Preparing for my Surgery
      • When should my child stop eating and drinking before surgery?
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      • What time should we arrive for my child's surgery?
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      • Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?
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    • My Surgery
      • Why does my child 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 child's non-surgical options?
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      • Are there any other surgical options?
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      • How soon would you recommend my child have this surgery?
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      • What can we expect if we choose not to have this surgery for my child?
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      • What can we expect if we choose to delay this surgery for my child?
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      • Will my child's adenoid glands be removed in addition to his/her tonsils?
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      • How will you remove my child's tonsils (and adenoids)?
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      • What are the chances that my child's symptoms will return after this surgery?
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      • How long will this surgery take?
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      • Do you think my child will need a blood transfusion during his/her surgery?
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    • Lab Tests
      • What tests does my child need to do before surgery?
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  • Day of Surgery
    • General Questions
      • How long will my child's surgery take?
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      • How long will it be until my child wakes up?
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      • When will we be able to see my child?
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      • Does my child need any medication to prevent blood clots?
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      • Does my child need any antibiotics to prevent infections?
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    • General Instructions
      • My child has not eaten or drank anything since midnight, including water
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      • I confirmed my child's name and date of birth with the healthcare team
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      • I confirmed my child's surgery with the healthcare team
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      • I made sure the correct site of my child's surgery was marked and signed informed consent forms
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      • Confirm any allergies and side-effects your child might have
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  • After Surgery
    • Questions to Ask on Day of Discharge
      • Have we arranged for my child's prescriptions to be filled?
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      • Are there any medications that my child needs to avoid?
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      • Are there any special instructions for taking care of my child's throat and nose?
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      • What can my child's activity level be when he/she gets home?
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      • When can my child go back to school?
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      • When does my child need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
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    • Questions to Ask After my Surgery
      • How did my child's procedure go?
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      • When will we stop the preventative antibiotics started before surgery?
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      • When can we restart my child's usual prescription medications?
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      • When can my child eat or drink?
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      • What can my child eat or drink?
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      • Do you think my child needs to stay in the hospital?
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      • What needs to happen before my child can be discharged?
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      • How are we going to manage my child's pain?
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    • My Daily Questions
      • What's the plan for today (labs, tests, procedures)?
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      • How does my child's throat look?
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      • Were any medications started or changed today?
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      • What can my child's activity level be today?
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    • General Instructions
      • I will make sure the healthcare team wash their hands before and after my child's care
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      • I will not wait until my child's 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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      • My child will sit on the edge of the bed for a few minutes before standing up to prevent getting dizzy
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      • My child will not get out of bed without help if they feel weak or dizzy
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      • I understand which medications my child is taking while in the hospital
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      • I checked with the healthcare team which medications my child should take at home
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      • My child's prescription medications have been filled
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      • I know when and how to give my child pain medications when we go home
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      • I asked the healthcare team how to care for my child and their incision at home
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      • I scheduled my child's post-op appointment
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  • Before Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • Take time off from school for my child if needed
        -7 days at 9:00
      • Pack the things my child will need in the hospital
        -7 days at 9:00
      • Call my child's doctor if I think of other questions
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I will call the healthcare team if my child is sick or has a fever
        -7 days at 9:00
      • We met with the anesthesia team
        -7 days at 9:00
      • My child completed lab tests and imaging
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I will stock up on easy to swallow foods for a sore throat
        -7 days at 9:00
      • We know where and what time to go for surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • I know which of my child's medications to stop before surgery
        -7 days at 9:00
      • My child will not eat or drink anything after midnight tonight
        -1 day at 18:00
  • After Surgery
    • General Instructions
      • Will my child's urinary catheter be removed today?
        1 day at 9:00
      • My child will walk in the hallway and get out of bed to a chair
        1 day at 9:00
      • My child will start eating and drinking as allowed by the healthcare team
        1 day at 9:00
      • I will inform the healthcare team if I notice any bleeding from my child's nose, mouth, or throat
        1 day at 9:00
      • Is my child being discharged today?
        1 day at 9:00
  • Recovery at Home
    • General Instructions
      • I know when and how to give my child pain medications at home
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will call the doctor if I have any questions about recovery or feel something is not right
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will make sure my child will avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting as long as the healthcare team advises
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will make sure my child drinks plenty of fluids
        2 days at 9:00
      • I will make sure my child eats bland foods that are easy to swallow and avoid spicy, crunchy, or hard foods
        2 days at 9:00
    • Call The Doc If
      • I know to call if my child has a fever higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if my child has ear pain that is severe or lasts more than three days
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if my child has a stiff neck or jaw pain when talking or eating
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if my child's nose, mouth, or throat is bleeding in any way
        2 days at 9:00
      • [For younger children] I know to call if I notice my child is not eating or drinking properly and is irritable, lethargic, or excessively sleeping
        2 days at 9:00
      • [For older children] I know to call if my child is showing signs of dehydration, such as headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, unable to urinate, and weakness
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if my child has difficulty swallowing or talking
        2 days at 9:00
      • I know to call if my child has pain that his/her existing pain medications cannot control
        2 days at 9:00