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Post-Operative Instructions

The esophagoscopy that your child had today may cause some throat discomfort for a few days. You should observe and supervise your child's activity for the remainder of the day. Sleepiness or dizziness for a few hours after surgery may be expected.

Discomfort:
 If your child is irritable or uncomfortable, you may give Tylenol or Tempra Drops according to the manufacturer's recommendations for your child's age, which are printed on the bottle. Your child may experience a temperature elevation the day of surgery and into the evening hours. If the temperature is less than 102 F give Tylenol; if the temperature rises above 102 F or your child has chest pain, call the answering service for further instructions.

Diet: Give your child clear liquids (water, carbonated drinks, Gatorade) as tolerated for the first four to six hours after surgery. If these are tolerated well, you may then give your child the food he normally eats. If nausea or vomiting should occur, stop all food for a couple of hours then start over with liquids and gradually build up to regular foods.

Activity: Your child's play and other activities should be limited the day of surgery, but regular activities may be resumed as tolerated the following day.

Bathing: There are no restrictions.

Postoperative Check: Your surgeon will want to see your child following surgery. If you have not already arranged a follow-up appointment, please call our office to do so, the afternoon after surgery or the following morning. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to call our main office number at (423) 267-0466.