Tonsillectomy for 3-year-old at UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland
I have two parts to my question--Are there alternatives to a tonsillectomy? And I am looking for a recommendations for ENT at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital for a tonsillectomy
1. Are there alternatives to tonsillectomies? My 3.5 year-old has been diagnosed with sleep apnea due to very large tonsils (they touch each other). We have seen two ENTs and both recommend a tonsillectomy. We are exploring that path, but I am curious if folks have experience with alternatives to the surgical route. I have heard of a pharmaceutical alternatives with Singulair and Flonase, but I have also heard Singular was recently given a black box warning for nuerological side-effects (suicidal thoughts in children). My son sees a cranio-sacral therapist and chiropractor, but I was wondering if there were more avenues to explore before booking surgery.
2. If we proceed with the surgery, do folks have recommendations (positive or negative) for ENTs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland? We are currently seeing Dr. Weinstein and she has been lovely, but I want to hear from other parents about their experiences.
Any other tips or suggestions for handling a tonsillectomy with a 3.5 year old are appreciated.