Pre-Op Information

It is common for kids with ENT problems to have a cold around the time of surgery. If you are concerned, see your local doctor and start Augmentin or Rulide so that the cough and sinusitis is a little better before the anaesthetic. Your anaesthetist will decide if your child is too ill for surgery – temperature over 37.7oC or very wet cough or asthma exacerbation.

Avoid all blood thinning agents for two weeks before surgery:

  • Nurofen, Ibuprofen, Fenpaed
  • Fish oil
  • Vitamins

This will reduce the risk of bleeding.

Fasting instructions for children prior to surgery

Until 6 hours before surgery
E.g. 8 a.m. breakfast for 2 p.m. operating list

Clear fluid, e.g. cordial (Not milk)
Up until 3 hours before operating list/surgery
E.g. until 11 a.m. for a 2 p.m. operating list/surgery

Nothing for the last 3 hours