You should have your questions answered by the physician or a nurse
educator before consenting to surgery. Otherwise, you cannot possibly
give 'informed' consent.
Try asking to speak with your physician's nurse or asking for printed
literature on the surgery, etc.
Sheryl Doggett, M.S., CCC-A
Nichole (MissICQ at Bigpond.com) wrote:
: I'm not sure if I'm on the right place for this, but here goes...
: I have a 5 year old daughter who has had middle ear infections all of her
: life, usually at least 3 times a year.
: They have only ever been treated with antibiotics, and this leaves her worse
: off in other areas. We finally got in to see an Audiologist, and were told
: she only had 30% hearing due to yet another ear infection and were told to
: go back to the GP. My daughter's speech has deteriorated drastically and she
: is constantly sick and irritable. He finally refereed us to a paediatrician
: who specialises in ear, nose and throat and we have just come from his
: He had told me that my daughter has "glue ear", is this a middle ear
: infection the same as before?
: He said that she also has enlarged adenoids that need to be removed that
: were causing her snoring all this time, and may cause sleep apnea.
: He has her booked into a private hospital for a weeks time to perform an
: adenoidectomy and insertion of tubes, I understand the basics but not some.
: What I'd like to understand is the anaesthetic which wasn't explained, do
: they gas her and then insert the needles after she's "out"? And the blood
: tests they have ordered, do they take this after she's asleep? What are the
: risks involved here?
: I'm quite scared and couldn't get the answers to my questions from this
: doctor which is obviously very busy, how do I get these answers?
: Thanks for any advice or tips in advance!!!
: > Thomas E. Boismier, M.P.H.
: > Director of The Balance Care Center,
: > a division of Ear, Nose & Throat Associates, P.C.
: > 347 W. Berry St, Suite 102
: > Fort Wayne IN 46802
sdoggett at .kent.edu