How you prepare

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You'll receive instructions from the hospital on how to prepare yourself or your child for a tonsillectomy.

Information you'll likely be asked to provide includes:

  • All medications, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements, taken regularly
  • Personal or family history of adverse reactions to anesthetics
  • Personal or family history of bleeding disorders
  • Known allergy or other negative reactions to medications, such as antibiotics

Instructions for preparing will include the following:

  • Don't take aspirin or other medications containing aspirin for at least two weeks prior to surgery.
  • Don't eat anything after midnight before the scheduled surgery. Your surgeon should provide you instructions about drinking liquids prior to reporting to the hospital.
  • Make arrangements for a ride home.
  • Plan for 10 days to two weeks or more of recovery time. Adults may need more time than children.

Questions to ask your doctor or the hospital staff for yourself or on behalf of your child include:

  • What are my dietary restrictions before surgery?
  • When should I arrive at the hospital?
  • Where do I need to check in?
  • Can I take other prescription medications in the days before surgery? When can I take the last dose?
  • What is the expected recovery time?
  • What restrictions to activities or diet should I expect during recovery?
Aug. 04, 2012