Adenoids & Tonsils being removed

Jamie - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone,
my son Drake has had a sleep study done which shows that he has Sleep Apnea. The doctor wants to do surgery and remove his adenoids, and possibly his tonsils as well because they are enlarged. Drake is 3 and a half years old. I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any other options that would help or if surgery would be the best thing for him. I'm just looking for a second opinion because I remember how he was when he had his g- tube put in and it took him a long time to recover from the anesthesia. Thanks for your help!

Jamie

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Mayra - posted on 11/06/2013

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Hi ladys my 3 year old is having his tonsils taken out tomorrow any advice on what foods to give him and how to care for him

Zezo - posted on 10/24/2012

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My son's had been removed 3 days ago but I know some people try for steroid nasal sprays or drops for adeonid treatment for couple of months.But as far as I know there no cure for tonsil hypertrophy good luck

Heather - posted on 10/14/2010

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My little one just had his tonsils and adenoids taken out. He was eating normal food the next morning. It really wasn't bad..and he has felt a lot better since. They said his were 75% occluded..which is why he wasn't gaining weight like he should.

User - posted on 10/07/2010

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My little one was just under a year when they took his tonsils and 90% of his adnoids. They left the last little bit to use as a skin flap type covering over the surgery area. Ian was eating solids by the 2nd day after the surgery and his 6 month re-test sleep study showed enough improvement that oxygen to sleep in was no longer required. My ENT said that doing the surgery this way is relatively new but has a MUCH quicker and LESS Painful recovery.

Dena' - posted on 07/23/2010

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Charlie had his taken out May of last hear and its the best thing weve done. He sleeps better and the snoring os almost gone

Pam - posted on 07/14/2010

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Jamie- the mask wasn't on Asa's face. It was an adult mask that was off to the side so the oxygen was blown towards his face. (Although, your probably talking about a CPAP mask too) It was hard to get Asa to eat anything. But I'm glad the surgery was done. His sleep study had him dropping as low a the mid 50's multiple times. Asa is supposed to be on oxygen at night until we see what the sleep study shows at the end of the month. But he pulls of the nasal cannula.

Our ENT said the in kids with Downs and sleep apnea 1/3 will be cured with the surgery, 1/3 will have significant enough improvement to not need oxygen or CPAP at night, and 1/3 will still have problems. That's why we have to repeat the sleep study. Good Luck!!

Jamie - posted on 07/12/2010

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I don't think my son would accept a mask on his face because I can't even get him to wear his glasses regularly lol. It's good to hear that it can help because his ENT made it sound like it most likely won't. That's what made me wonder why the surgery would be necessary.

I also worry about how he will be for eating after. My son had a feeding tube for a long time, that just recently got removed. He mostly eats ground- up food, but has just started accepting pasta whole, and just started spoon- feeding himself now. It took a long time and I hope he doesn't regress back to purees after this.

Pam, I'm happy to hear your son is feeling better now, it sounds like it was a little rough for him. I hope it really helps improve his sleep apnea.

Thanks very much for your comments.

Pam - posted on 07/11/2010

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Jamie- My son Asa just had his tonsils and adnoids removed in May. He's 2 1/2 will be 3 in October. He had reoccuring sinus infections but the thing that finally made the ENT do the surgery was his sleep study. He had severe sleep apnea. My son had his nasal airway 75% blocked by his adnoids and his tonsil were further back in his throat than usual and long. They went to his vocal cords. Asa didn't have any issues with actual surgery. But they had to keep him 2 nights at the Children's hospital. the first night was to see how his oxygen was. It did drop enough to keep a mask with oxygen blowing onto his face. The second night was because he was having a hard time taking in enough fluids. It's a rough surgery. We had to give him liquid Lortab every 6 hours around the clock for 9 days. It was a battle to get him to swallow anything at all. Then on the 10th day he didn't wake up crying and he actually was interested in trying to eat and drink. Asa is finally putting on a little bit of weight. He's about 25 lbs now. Finally in 2T clothes. We have to do a another sleep study at the end of the month to see how the sleep apnea has improved.

Stacy - posted on 07/07/2010

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Hi, my name is Stacy, i have a 8 yr who is Downs. he had his tonsils and anenoids removed a couple yrs ago and it helped alot with him not getting sick so much but he has no problem with anesthesia. his tonsils were always enlarged ent said they had to go.
my son doesnt have sleep apnea but i do. dr prescribed me C-PAP machine to sleep with. would your son possibly sleep with a mask on his face?

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