We want to be sure that your day of your surgery runs as smoothly as possible. One way you can help is by coming prepared.

Before Surgery
  • It is important that an adult accompanies you to drive you home after surgery, even if your surgery is performed under local anaesthetic.
  • If you are taking medications on a daily basis, check with your general practitioner to find out if this medication should be continued or discontinued.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery.
  • Avoid aspirin or any over-the-counter medication containing aspirin or a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for two weeks prior to your surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your surgery, as alcohol can interfere with the anaesthetic.
  • Wear comfortable casual clothing.
  • Should you develop a cold or an illness before your surgery, please call Dr Ha’s practice. If necessary, we may reschedule your surgery.
On the Day of Surgery
  • Please arrive at the check-in time agreed. You will be guided to the preparation area once you have signed in and registered. You will then be asked to change into a gown. Your clothes will be placed in a locker. Your blood pressure, temperature and pulse will be taken. A nurse will take a health history.
  • Then you will be transferred to the operating room. Sedation is given during your surgical procedure and following surgery you will be taken to the post-anaesthesia recovery unit.
  • Following this, you will return to the dressing room where you will get dressed into your own clothing.
  • Post-surgical instructions will be given to you or your family by nurses. If any problems should occur after your surgery, please contact Dr Ha’s rooms.
After Surgery
  • Patients must not drive, work or use any dangerous machinery for at least 48hours following anaesthesia.
  • No alcohol or sedatives should be taken in this period as well.
  • Eat and drink lightly after arriving home.
  • Should any problem or changes occur in your physical condition or if any questions arise, please call Dr Ha's rooms.

Tips for Paediatric ENT Surgery Preparation

  • Take your child’s favourite toy or blanket with you to the hospital.
  • Bring a special bottle with you if your child is an infant. Also bring extra diapers and underwear.
  • Use imaginary play to demonstrate things that will happen before surgery. Sometimes a nurse will do this for you. For example, you can demonstrate putting an IV in on your child's favourite doll before your child gets the IV herself. Or, the nurse can model taking the doll's blood pressure before taking your child's.
  • Your child will need to rest after surgery. Take things that your child can play with while recovering such as favourite movies, DVDs, drawing and colouring books.
  • Use age appropriate movies and books to explain what will happen to your child.
  • Be honest with your child. Do not lie about the possibility of needle sticks or some pain after the surgery.
  • Remember, all your child needs is love, attention and nurturing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ENT?

Otolaryngology or ENT (ear, nose, and throat) is the branch of medicine and surgery that specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the head and neck.

Does my child’s procedure require general anaesthesia?

General anaesthesia is commonly used in paediatric patients mainly because it is difficult for such young patients, who are naturally frightened, to remain still.

Does surgery hurt?

Since patients receive either local or general anaesthesia, no pain is felt during the surgical procedure. A mild sensation and slight discomfort may occur in case of extensive surgery. Any concerns should be discussed with Dr Ha.

What type of medical equipment is used?

Due to modern advances in medical procedures, Dr Ha performs surgery using the latest proven surgical techniques and equipment. Where ever possible, minimally-invasive surgical tools are used to minimise scarring and reduce recovery time.

How long will it take to recover?

Dr Ha can answer this question in more detail as the recovery time varies according to the specific type of surgery that has been performed.

Will I have scars after surgery?

This will depend on the type of surgery performed. Please discuss these concerns with Dr Ha.