Tonsillectomy | Adenoidectomy

Tonsillectomy | back to top

Prior to Surgery
For one week prior to surgery (and two weeks following), do not administer aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), or naproxen (Aleve). Tylenol (acetaminophen) may be used.

Please alert the doctor’s office if your child becomes ill during the week that precedes the scheduled surgery. Most procedures are elective and should be performed in the child’s usual state of health.

A nurse from the short stay unit will call you the work day before your child’s surgery to let you know what time you will need to be at the hospital and will give you instructions regarding no food or drink. Most patients having morning surgery will be required to fast (no food or drink) after midnight, the night prior to surgery.

Adenoidectomy | back to top

Prior to Surgery
For 7 days before surgery, DO NOT give you child any aspirin, aspirin gum, or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Also, alert the doctor’s office if your child develops fever during this pre¬surgical period.

Tylenol is OK.

About the Operation
After the patient is under anesthesia, the mouth will be opened and examined. The patient’s soft palate will be lifted to reveal the adenoids. The adenoids will be shaved and cauterized. A very small amount of bleeding will occur.