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Tonsil, Adenoid, and Ear Tube Surgery: Preparing for Surgery

Tonsil, Adenoid, and Ear Tube Surgery: Preparing for Surgery

Below are some things that you will need to do before your child’s surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Bring your child for any tests the doctor orders. These may include blood and urine tests. (Not all children need testing.)

  • Don’t let your child eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. This includes chewing gum and water.

  • If your child takes any prescribed or over-the-counter medicines, ask the doctor about taking them before surgery.

  • Help your child choose a toy or blanket to bring to the hospital.

  • Bathe your child and remove any jewelry. This includes hair clips and earrings.

  • Dress your child in comfortable clothes.

  • Call the doctor’s office if your child gets a fever, cold, or rash. Surgery may need to be postponed.

  • If you don’t have a car, arrange for a ride to and from the hospital.

  • Ask the doctor about other special instructions.

Boy sitting on exam table while healthcare provider takes blood from boy's finger. Woman standing next to boy.

Sam gets ready for his operation...

Sometimes kids need a blood test. That’s when a worker at the lab takes blood from a finger or an arm.

Sam’s doctor wants him to have a blood test. So Sam goes to the lab with his mom.

At the lab, they take a little bit of blood from Sam’s finger. Then Sam goes back home.


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