I am a nervous wreck. My four-year-old is having his tonsils and adenoids out Tuesday. If you have never had to go through this, it is a big deal. It is a fairly common procedure, so I didn't realize the seriousness of it and the risks. I am dreading the tears as he asks me if he has to go back to the operating room. Parents are not allowed to go back there on the day of surgery. He has to go by himself. Ugh!
Dr. Gootee: "The biggest risk is bleeding afterwards. It happens in maybe 2-3 cases out of 100. Sometimes it happens about a week to ten days afterwards. In rare cases, you have to take a patient back in to get cauterized. It's pretty obvious when it happens. We ask parents to avoid foods with red in them just in case you have bleeding. We don't want parents to questions whether there is bleeding on just red juice."
Jen: What age is common for a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy?
Jen: Do parents every push to have the surgery when it's not necessary?
Jen: What are the benefits of the surgery?
Dr. Gootee: "If the child has chronic infection, they can expect to see fewer. "
Jen: I have had several people say to me this surgery is no big deal. (It's kind of offensive. Maybe I'm a little sensitive? Probably!)
Jen: I am concerned about giving a four-year-old general anesthesia.
Dr. Gootee: "Anesthetic concerns are understandable, but the anesthesiologists are really good. The ones I use are more geared toward pediatric anesthesia. With so many improvements in anesthetic agents, these kids recover much quicker than they used to. No more lingering sleepiness. That makes a big difference."
Jen: Can you explain the actually surgery to me?
Jen: Why do some kids have problems with their tonsils/adenoids and not others?
Jen: You put the kids on antibiotics afterwards, but that's not always the case.