Tonsil, Adenoid, and Ear Tube Surgery: Going to Surgery

Your child will be cared for by a surgical team. This team will include a surgeon, and one or more nurses, and other healthcare professionals. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist will give your child medicine to make him or her fall asleep. He or she may talk with you about your child's health before the surgery.

Going to surgery

What to expect:

  • Before going to surgery, your child may be given a sedative to help him or her relax.

  • Your child's blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level, and heart rate will be monitored during and after surgery.

  • The surgeon will speak with you when the operation is over. A nurse will let you know when you can see your child a short time after surgery.

Your child will meet caring people in the operating room...


There are so many people at the hospital! Your child will see his healthcare providers. Your child will also meet a sleep healthcare provider. The healthcare providers may look a little silly because they are wearing hats, gloves, and masks. They all want to help your child feel better.


Your child will get on a special bed with wheels. Your child will have stickers on his chest. Your child will also have a soft clip on his finger to tell how much oxygen is in their blood. These things will help the healthcare providers take care of your child.