My 11-year-old has always had large tonsils but this year they have become gigantic tonsils.
My only experience with tonsillectomy was the episode of “The Brady Bunch” where Marcia and Mrs. Brady had their tonsils out. The crux of it was they got to eat a lot of ice cream.
I didn’t feel like the surgery was a big deal and was learning toward it until I talked to the surgeon.
It’s only a 30-minute surgery. They do knock them out (which I figured) but they also put them on a ventilator, which totally freaks me out!!!
You may remember that when my brother had his heart transplant two summers ago, he was on a ventilator for a very long time and they couldn’t get him off. He had a lot of swallowing issues and bleeding out that may have been related to the long time he was on the ventilator. Now granted he was on it for weeks at a time, multiple times, so I know it’s different than being on it for 30 minutes. But it’s still bothering me. (Did your kid have the ventilator for the surgery or is that a new thing?)
I was also surprised by the recovery time. He said she would be two weeks with no physical activity or travel. He said if they did it during the school year, she would out of school for two weeks. So you pretty much have to do this in the summer or I guess Christmas break.
I had no idea the recovery would take that long!!
I wrote to my neighbor the pediatric surgeon and am meeting with our pediatrician this week to discuss but I wanted to hear about your experiences with tonsillectomies, kids being knocked out and kids on ventilators. Tell me your thoughts o this surgery.