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Experiences after tonsil/adenoidectomy please

(6 Posts)
maybeau Sat 04-Mar-17 20:48:04

Hi guys
My 4 yr old DD was on a 12 month waiting list for a toncilectomy and adenoidectomy but got expedited and we have her appointment through now. It's in a couple of weeks and the pre op appt is only a couple of days before, so i feel really under prepared/informed. I don't even know how much time to take off work. Can i have some first hand experience of what it's like on op day, how long they're in, what it's like when they come too, tips when they're home. Anything and everything please. Thanks guys xx

AnoiseAnnoysanOyster Sun 05-Mar-17 10:44:16

So I'm a nurse and I've looked after children having this done for quite a long time but also my own child has had this operation.

They need two weeks off school due to the infection risk. Regular medicine for pain for at least a week and I would advise waking up and giving it at night. Eating and drinking is very important as you risk a bleed or infection afterwards. Normal diet is fine even little bits of food often is ok.

Pack overnight clothes and any toys or comforters. Lots of hospitals do the operation as a day case and providing she's eating and drinking and recovers she will go home the next day. Some stay overnight, it will just depend on the hospital criteria. You will be able to stay too. You'll also be able to go the anaesthetic room while she goes to sleep and pick her up after afterwards with the nurses.

It really wasn't too bad from a mum perspective. Food, medicine and entertainment. They will tell you everything at your appointment first. Make sure you prepare her as much as you can too.

maybeau Sun 05-Mar-17 12:38:08

Thank you so much. That's really helpful xx

MiniCooperLover Mon 06-Mar-17 11:14:46

My DS (5) had this done last Summer. The first couple of days were tough as he felt Quite rough and his throats hurt but he ate as normal, drank loads and I kept his medicines topped up and he did really well. Hasn't really been unwell since then at all 👍

maybeau Mon 06-Mar-17 13:12:06

Great thank you

AnoiseAnnoysanOyster Mon 06-Mar-17 14:57:15

I forgot to say, it's really common for the recovery to have a dip when you get home. Gets worse before it gets better again, that's normal.

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