Preparation for Tonsillectomy

Minimum Requirements of Tonsillectomy

In most cases the surgery is performed as an outpatient at either a surgery center or a hospital stay. An anesthesiologist will check the patient all through the procedure. Generally, the anesthesiologist will call the night before surgery to go through the medical records of the patient. If the doctor has prescribed preoperative laboratory tests, the patient should get it all done several days in advance. The patient should arrange for someone to drive him back to home after the surgery and to spend the first night with the patient after surgery.
The patient should not take anything 6 hours before the time of surgery. This includes water, juice, food or anything.

Preparation for Tonsillectomy

It is necessary that the patient knows what time they are to visit the clinic for surgical facility. Bring all papers, insurance information, forms including the preoperative orders and the medical history sheets. The patient will wear comfortable loose clothes. Remove all jewelry and valuables before coming to the hospital
The patient is not supposed to take any drugs unless asked by the doctor or anesthesiologist. Generally in the pre-operative holding room, a nurse will begin an intravenous infusion line (IV) and the patient may be administered a drug to enable them relax.
The patient should avoid taking aspirin, or any product containing aspirin, within 10 days of the date of the surgery. Several over-the-counter products contain aspirin or ibuprofen-related drugs so it is necessary to check all medications minutely.

Process of Tonsillectomy

In the operating theater, the anesthesiologist will administer a fusion of gas and intravenous drugs for the general anesthetic. In majority of situations, an IV will be started either in the preoperative holding room or after the patient has been administered a mask anesthetic. The patient will be monitored by a pulse oximeter and a continuous heart rate monitor during the surgery. Other than the surgeon and anesthesiologist, a nurse and a surgical technician will also be present in the room.
After the anesthetic starts working, the doctor will dissect the tonsils and/or adenoids from the mouth. There will be no external incisions created. The base of the tonsils and/or adenoids will be cauterized with an electrical cauterizing device. The entire procedure generally takes almost 50 minutes. The doctor visit the waiting room to discuss with any family or friends once the patient is transferred to the recovery room.