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At UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, we believe parents and guardians can contribute to the success of this surgery, and we invite you to participate.
Please read the following information to learn about the surgery and how you can help.
For more information about tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy services, contact the Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at 412-692-5460.
When general anesthesia is needed, there are important rules for eating and drinking that must be followed in the hours before the surgery. One business day before your child’s surgery, a surgery nurse will call your home between 1 and 9 p.m. (Surgery nurses do not make these phone calls on weekends or holidays.) Please have paper and a pen ready to write down instructions.
Remember: For the safety of your child, it is important to follow these specific times for eating and drinking. If your child does eat or drink after the scheduled times, it will delay the surgery or cause it to be rescheduled for another day.
The most important role of a parent or guardian is to help your child stay calm and relaxed before the surgery. The best way to help your child stay calm is for you to stay calm.
When the surgery is over, the medications will be stopped and your child will be moved to the recovery room.
Because T&A surgery leaves the child with a sore throat, very young children (under 3 years) usually won’t drink enough liquid and must stay in the hospital for at least a day or two to avoid dehydration.
After the T&A surgery, you may notice some of the following signs. All of these symptoms are normal:
If you see clots of blood or lots of bright red blood, or if your child is vomiting blood, call 911 or get your child to an Emergency Department immediately.
Although most children recover quickly with no problems from the T&A surgery, you should call your child’s ENT doctor, pediatrician, or Children’s surgery nurse right away if your child has any of the following symptoms:
If your child has any special needs or health issues you feel the doctor needs to know about, please call the Division of Otolaryngology at Children’s Hospital before the surgery and ask to speak with a nurse. It is important to notify us in advance about any special needs your child might have.
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Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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