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    My son just had his tonsils and adenoids removed in a private hospital 3 weeks ago. The surgeons fee was $900, the day surgery fee was $900 and the anesthetist was $550. I got back about $330 but I had hit the safety net threshold so got a little more back than usual. Not all surgeons will make you stay overnight which will put the cost way up. My son had his done on the Gold Coast and his ENT only requires overnight stays if they have severe apnea or are under two however he said if we had the op in Brisbane then we would need to stay overnight so just depends on your surgeon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angels4me View Post
    My son just had his tonsils and adenoids removed in a private hospital 3 weeks ago. The surgeons fee was $900, the day surgery fee was $900 and the anesthetist was $550. I got back about $330 but I had hit the safety net threshold so got a little more back than usual. Not all surgeons will make you stay overnight which will put the cost way up. My son had his done on the Gold Coast and his ENT only requires overnight stays if they have severe apnea or are under two however he said if we had the op in Brisbane then we would need to stay overnight so just depends on your surgeon.
    How has his recovery been? DS is having bad apnea so I think he will need an overnight stay.

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    Yes it's cheaper as a private patient in a public hospital when you have private health cover. But if you have no PHI you cannot elect to be a private patient as far as I am aware and I work in a public hospital and I have asked the NUM cause I got asked this by a patient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiseOldOwl View Post
    How has his recovery been? DS is having bad apnea so I think he will need an overnight stay.
    To be honest his recovery was truly horrible. The first 4 days were ok but then it was so awful, he didn't start eating without pain until day 12. I couldnt get him to eat or drink until then, there were lots of tears from us both. My ds had apnea as well but his ENT was still happy to let him go home the same day. His op was at 9.30am and we went home about 2.30pm. I stayed awake all night though making sure he was still breathing

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    @WiseOldOwl..To be honest his recovery was truly horrible. The first 4 days were ok but then it was so awful, he didn't start eating without pain until day 12. I couldnt get him to eat or drink much at all until then, there were lots of tears from us both. My ds had apnea as well but his ENT was still happy to let him go home the same day. His op was at 9.30am and we went home about 2.30pm. I stayed awake all night though making sure he was still breathing

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    @WiseOldOwl..To be honest his recovery was truly horrible. The first 4 days were ok but then it was so awful, he didn't start eating without pain until day 12. I couldnt get him to eat or drink much at all until then, there were lots of tears from us both. My ds had apnea as well but his ENT was still happy to let him go home the same day. His op was at 9.30am and we went home about 2.30pm. I stayed awake all night though making sure he was still breathing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angels4me View Post
    To be honest his recovery was truly horrible. The first 4 days were ok but then it was so awful, he didn't start eating without pain until day 12. I couldnt get him to eat or drink until then, there were lots of tears from us both. My ds had apnea as well but his ENT was still happy to let him go home the same day. His op was at 9.30am and we went home about 2.30pm. I stayed awake all night though making sure he was still breathing
    I've been told at least 10 days recovery. That's another reason I'd like it done asap because he starts school next year. Looks like it's going to be costly but needs to be done.

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    I have no idea on price or the surgery but do you know what hospy/specialist you are thinking of using? They should be able to give you a price and info regarding hospital stay/medicare etc etc.

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    Does your specialist have a public wait list at the public Hosp?

    This is what I did with DD. Saw the ENT in his offices and paid the full fee. Then he put me onto his wait list at the public hospital. It was about a 7-8m wait and only about 1 week's notice of when surgery would be. However it meant we got the specialist a friend had recommended and the only out of pocket was his initial consult.

    DD didn't need grommets and was booked for ad+tonsils, however once in there he said ads were small so just took out the tonsils. Her recovery was good, back at kindy 1 week later and it was the best thing we could have done for her health. It's been almost 5 years and she's needed antibiotics maybe 2-3 times since the op.

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    Default Cost of Tonsils, Adenoids and grommets op

    Quote Originally Posted by WiseOldOwl View Post
    I've been told at least 10 days recovery. That's another reason I'd like it done asap because he starts school next year. Looks like it's going to be costly but needs to be done.
    Whilst the recovery was awful and I would never want to do that again it was worth it. He has gone from struggling to get air in whilst sleeping and also stopping breathing on a regular basis to sleeping so peacefully and so so quietly. I would have paid any amount of money for that result. To go public I would have had to wait 12-18months and I couldn't watch him struggle to breathe for that long. Going
    private meant I had it done a week after seeing the ENT.
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