Before the Procedure
Same day surgery will call you to go over the needed preparations prior to your child’s surgery.
After the Procedure
After surgery, your child will have a breathing tube (also called intubation tube) in place. While the breathing tube is in place, your child will stay in the intensive care unit (ICU). The ICU doctors will closely monitor your child’s total care, while the ENT doctors will closely monitor the airway. While in the ICU, medications may be given to help prevent your child from pulling out the breathing tube. These medications make your child sleepy and comfortable.
The ENT doctor will decide when to remove the breathing tube. Once the breathing tube is removed, your child’s breathing is closely watched. When the sleepy medications are stopped, some children experience jitteriness or slight unsteadiness (also called withdrawal) for a short period of time. This is normal and the staff will watch your child closely for any of these symptoms. The ENT doctor will decide when the next microlaryngoscopy and bronchoscopy is needed, usually before discharge.
Once breathing is stable, your child will be transferred to the airway unit for monitoring. Your child will need to be breathing on his / her own, tolerate feedings and be well healed before he / she can leave the hospital.
Call Your Child's Doctor If:
Your child has any trouble breathing.
Restrictions After Surgery
No contact sports or heavy lifting for at least six weeks after surgery.