Tonsilectomy and Adenoidectomy for Our Six Year Old

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Our six year old had his tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday. And guess what? Today he’s not a happy camper…

The back story

Son #3 has had ongoing problems with ear infections. He’s had ear tubes twice, and he still hasn’t outgrown the problem. During his last infection, we sought the advice of our ENT, who’s been monitoring the problem. Given the frequency of the problems, his recommendation was a T&A (tonsilectomy and adenoidectomy — get your mind out of the gutter!) as well as another set of tubes.

His reasoning was that swelling of our son’s tonsils and adenoids may be causing a chronic fluid buildup in the inner ear. When we sought a second opinion from our family practitioner, she said that she used to be opposed to T&As, but that she has since come around for cases like ours, and she was onboard.

Given that the summer swim season is almost upon, and that our boys swim almost every day, we decided to hold off on the tubes in hopes that the T&A would solve the problem. Yes, we’re rolling the dice, but we’re hoping that it will work out. If not, he may have to go back in for his third set of tubes.

Getting it done

As it turns out, this week is Spring Break. Given that we didn’t have travel plans, we figured that we could get the procedure done and minimize the amount of school that Son #3 missed. So… He had a pre-op appointment on Tuesday, and yesterday (Wednesday) he went in to have the T&A. Believe it or not, he was sort of excited about having it done — primarily out of curiosity as well as the promise of lots of ice cream, Jell-O, pudding, movies of his choice, and unlimited GameBoy playing once it was done.

Well, everything went smoothly, and he was home just before dinner time. Honestly, I was a bit surprised by how well he was doing. He was grumpy and soemwhat uncomfortable, but I’m pretty sure he was dealing with it better than I would. He’s currently on a new round of Amoxicillin and also taking Lortab for the pain. Unfortunately, he woke up today in worse shape than he went to bed, primarily because the pain medication had worn off overnight. We’re hoping that once we get back on top of the pain things will smooth out, though we suspect there will be some ups and downs over the next week.

Published on April 3rd, 2008 - 11 Comments
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  1. Hope he feels better soon! We did the T and A for one of the 9yos and one of the 5yos almost a year ago.

    The little one lost it completely prior to surgery and the nurse had to carry him screaming to the OR. Not fun. His recovery was smoother than the 9yo, who went calmly but then really took the pain hard afterward. Phew, it was a tough day all around. We used a lot of ice packs that week.

    Comment by AmyL — Apr 3rd 2008 @ 12:30 pm
  2. Did your son have a sore neck or any behavorial problems after surgery?

    Comment by Kristy — Apr 3rd 2008 @ 11:55 pm
  3. Not yet. The balance of today was actually better than it started.

    Comment by dad — Apr 4th 2008 @ 12:11 am
  4. Well my five year old is 2weeks post op tomorrow. The child we took to surgery is not the child we received back. My sweet baby is now very MEAN and in trouble everyday at school. Her teacher called today very worried about her behavor changes. Am I the only one?

    Comment by Kristy — Apr 4th 2008 @ 12:16 am
  5. Our oldest had the TandA when she was 8yo. She tolerated the post-op OK, but the pre-op meds took her on quite a trip — she kept asking why the Disney character in the picture kept moving!! We have a good laugh everytime we think about it.

    Comment by Eric — Apr 4th 2008 @ 1:14 pm
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    Comment by JHS — Apr 6th 2008 @ 5:09 pm
  7. Kristy,

    I’m sorry your little one’s not doing well. Have you had a chance to take her back to the doc for a complete post op check? Maybe she’s still hurting or something that can be straightened out so she can get back to her old self?

    Best of luck to you both!

    Comment by AMMBD — Apr 9th 2008 @ 11:36 pm
  8. Yes we have seen the Doc last week. He is unsure why the behavioral changes are there. They believe that it maybe the steriods she took. I’m not sure I believe that. It’s been more than 2 weeks since she had them and the problem still exist. Her neck is still VERY sore and she cries daily about it. I was lead to believe that this was a very simple procedure with no after effects. It’s been a little more than that for me. We are 3weeks post op tomorrow and I am praying that it is all good from here on out.

    Comment by Kristy — Apr 10th 2008 @ 10:30 am
  9. If it were me and we were still having problems this late in the game, I’d go looking for another doc to take a look at her.

    Comment by AmyL — Apr 10th 2008 @ 12:08 pm
  10. TandA worked out great for my 6 year-old. She’s about to turn 9 and hasn’t had a single ear infection since the surgery.

    Comment by Joe — Apr 30th 2008 @ 4:56 pm
  11. I was 5 when I had mine out. I hate chocolate pudding to this day. Was told ice cream and only served choco pudding at the hospital. LOL I had to stay extra days because I refused to eat anything, but all in all. I’m glad my parents made the discision to have them out. I remember before the surgery I always was sick alot with a sore throat, but after recovery I hardly ever had a sore throat and felt much better over all. I rarily have a sore throat now in comparrison to ppl that I know that still have their tonsils. Oh a slight draw back is that you can still get tonsillitus in the spot the tonsils were but its much less dangerous and rare.

    Glad mine are gone.

    Comment by Stephanie — Oct 28th 2008 @ 10:57 am

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