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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 presurgery tests the healthcare provider orders. These may include blood and urine tests. (Not all children need testing.)

  • Before you sign the surgery consent form, make sure all your questions have been answered.

  • Follow any directions your child is given for taking medicines or for not eating or drinking before surgery.

  • Give the surgeon a list of any medicines your child takes.

  • Tell the surgeon about any allergies your child has, such as to medicines, certain foods, or substances like latex.

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

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

  • Call the surgeon if your child gets sick before surgery. Surgery may need to be delayed.

  • Ask the surgeon about other special instructions.

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

Online Medical Reviewer: Ashutosh Kacker MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 2/1/2020
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