We followed 20-month-old Jordan Pollock on Feb. 13 during his surgery to insert ear tubes and remove his adenoid.
Jordan and his parents are no strangers to Akron Children’s. He’s been a patient since before he was born when he was diagnosed with spina bifida during a fetal ultrasound.
This was the third surgery Jordan has had in his short life. He underwent this surgery after several ear infections and influenza A led to a febrile seizure. During his appointment at Akron Children’s Ear Nose & Throat Center, his parents learned that he also had an enlarged adenoid.
Even though this wasn’t as major as his first two surgeries for spina bifida, it was still a big deal for his parents, Megan and Randy.
“I was feeling a little bit of everything,” said Megan, who blogs about her family’s journey. “I was nervous, anxious, excited. As minor as it was, he’s still going under anesthesia. But when you weigh all of that with the terror of Jordan’s seizures, it was a no brainer.”
Get an inside view of the most common childhood surgery by following the live updates below. You can also get answers to the most-asked questions about ear tube surgery.
9:57 a.m. Dr. Anton Milo reviews his surgery schedule and notes for the day.
10:38 a.m. Randy ties on a surgical hat while child life specialist Megan Flaker holds Jordan. Child life specialists are important members of the healthcare team who help families cope before, during and after a medical procedure or hospital stay.
10:38 a.m. Megan shows off a surgery hat to Jordan. She is one of several child life specialists who work in surgery. They use hands-on, age-appropriate activities to help decrease the stress of being in an unfamiliar environment.
11:00 a.m. Before the surgery can begin, Dr. Farid administers anesthesia to Jordan.
11:13 a.m. After he finishes inserting tubes, Dr. Milo removes Jordan’s adenoid. In some cases, like Jordan’s, frequent ear infections are associated with enlarged adenoids, which are gland-like structures in the back of the throat near the Eustachian tubes. After an ear tube surgery and adenoidectomy, there’s a 95% chance of not having another ear infection.
12:08 p.m. Dr. Farid talks to family in recovery. Megan asked him how he kept the tube down Jordan’s throat during the adenoid removal part of the surgery. He explained the device we use, which has a divider to separate the anesthesia tube.