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How to prepare your child for ENT surgery?

Posted on 31st Jul, 2015

ENT problems can affect people of all ages, but problems relating to infections are particularly common in young children. As a result, ENT surgeons see a much higher proportion of children than any other surgical specialty, apart from specialist paediatric surgeons.

Essex ENT surgeon Mr George Fayad is skilled at putting children – and their parents – at ease before their surgery. Key is minimising stress and anxiety and this can mainly be done by making sure the patient and their guardians have all the necessary information and that everything is clearly understood.

A hospital stay can be daunting for a child, full of strange sights, sounds and smells. As a parent, you should describe what they should expect and be honest about the possible experience. There will usually be a pre-assessment stage where a specially-trained paediatric nurse can talk the child through the stages of their treatment.

What does paediatric ENT surgery entail?

The common conditions that you may be referred to an ENT surgeon include recurrent tonsillitis and ear infections or snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. They may be suffering from hearing loss, speech and development delays which has prompted you to seek treatment.

Paediatric ENT surgery includes:

Tonsil surgery; these small glands at the back of the throat work to fight infections in young children. As you get older they shrink as the body develops other mechanisms to fight off infections. If they are too large or if the child is suffering from repeated infections, it may be considered appropriate to surgically remove them.

Adenoid surgery; the adenoids are small glands in the throat that are sited at the back of the nose. As with the tonsils, they fight off infections in young children, and the gradually shrink as the child matures. Again, the decision to surgical remove the adenoids is made if it is determined that they are causing more harm than good.

Overly-large adenoids can cause a continual blockage to the nose, resulting in the child having to breathe through the mouth and they can also suffer from obstructive sleep apnoea, a serious sleeping disorder. The adenoids can also cause problems in the ears and many children that Mr George Fayad sees at his Essex ENT clinic are suffering from associated speech and hearing problems.

Grommet insertion; this procedure also offered by Mr Fayad aims to relieve ‘glue ear’ which is the build up of fluid behind the eardrum.

To find out more about Mr George Fayad’s paediatric ENT clinic, call 07704 046909 to make a private appointment.