What to ask your doctor about tonsil removal; Tonsillectomy - what to ask your doctor
Your child may have throat infections and need surgery to remove the tonsils (tonsillectomy). These glands are located at the back of the throat. The tonsils and the adenoid glands can be removed at the same time. The adenoid glands are located above the tonsils, in the back of the nose.
Below are some questions you may want to ask your child's health care provider to care for your child after surgery.
Questions to ask about having tonsillectomy:
Questions to ask about the surgery:
Questions for after tonsillectomy:
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