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Immunizations, chronic health conditions, medicines at school -- whatever the issue, if it concerns your child's health and school, we have someone you for you to talk to. In-house pediatrician Steven Parker, MD, joined us for a Q and A session on Aug. 5, 2004.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
Hello, I have a 10-year-old daughter who is extremely obese. She has just been diagnosed with high blood sugars and will see a dietician. She also is scheduled to have her tonsils out in four weeks. They want to keep her overnight because of weight. Is it safe to put her under anesthesia or should I wait six months till she loses weight on her new diet plan?
I think the answer to your question, in part, must be decided by why the tonsils are being taken out. If the reason is obstructive sleep apnea I don't think I would wait because of the potential consequences of that disorder. If the tonsils are being taken out for recurrent strep throat, then there is less urgency in my book. It is true that obesity can make anesthesia and surgical procedures a little more difficult; however, I suspect she will do fine, whether or not the procedure is done now or if you choose to wait. This is a long-term and chronic problem and it's not clear where she will even be in six months and if her risk will be lessened.
I'm glad you're looking for interventions and ways to help your child with this difficult and increasingly important and frequent problem in children. Good luck. Let me know how it goes on my WebMD message board.
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