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What can I expect after my child has ear tube surgery?

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Children who have been given medicine to make them sleep (anesthesia) usually take some time to fully wake up. They may be groggy, fussy, or a little queasy within the first 24 hours, but after that, they should be back to normal. You can usually take them home a few hours after the surgery. Your child can go home right away if he wasn’t given any anesthesia.

From: Ear Tubes: What to Expect WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Ear Tubes.”

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Ear infection (middle ear).”

Unity Point Health: “Frequently Asked Questions About Ear Tubes.”

National Health Service: “Can I eat or drink before an operation?”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 16, 2018

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