Watch an ear tube surgery and adenoidectomy as it happens #tubes4jordan

With the help of nurses Sarah Froman and Melanie Stoops, Jordan feels right at home in the OR.

With the help of nurses Sarah and Melanie, Jordan feels right at home in the OR.

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

9:30 a.m. First stop – admitting and registration. Jordan spots the stickers at the registration desk. He left with 5 of them.
The Pollocks check in for surgery

9:32 a.m. Registration specialist puts ID bracelet on Jordan.
Registration specialist gives Jordan an ID bracelet for the day

9:40 a.m. Nurse Lynda Stuber, surgery information specialist, takes Jordan and his parents to an exam room for pre-surgery assessment.
Lynda Stuber takes the Pollocks to an exam room for pre-surgery assessment.

9:43 a.m. Randy and Megan have to undress Jordan for his surgery.

9:57 a.m. Dr. Anton Milo reviews his surgery schedule and notes for the day.
Before surgery, Dr. Milo reviews Jordan's chart.

10:06 a.m. Pre-surgery nurse Betty Dunton explains how the day will unfold before she takes Jordan’s vitals.
Pre-surgery nurse Betty Dunton with Pollocks

10:17 a.m. Betty takes Jordan’s temperature before surgery to make sure he’s healthy enough for the procedure.
Nurse Betty Dunton takes Jordan's temperature before surgery

10:29 a.m. Dr. Milo stops by Jordan’s exam room to talk to his parents before surgery.
Dr. Milo talks to Pollocks before surgery

10:30 a.m. The Pollocks ask Dr. Milo to pray with them before surgery.
Dr. Milo prays with the Pollocks before surgery

10:34 a.m. Ain’t nothin’ to this! Jordan is ready to roll.
Jordan in pre-surgery

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.

Child life specialist Megan Flaker holds Jordan while Randy ties on an OR hat

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.

10:39 a.m. Jordan likes holding his own personal chapstick that will be used to scent the inside of his anesthesia mask. He got to choose the flavor – strawberry.

10:40 a.m. Jordan plays with an anesthesia mask with his dad and child life specialist. These types of activities help familiarize children to the sights and sounds of the OR in a secure setting.

10:40 a.m. Child life play is important to desensitize young patients to the unfamiliar medical surroundings.
Randy holds Jordan when he tries on surgical hat

10:40 a.m. Pediatric anesthesiologist Ibrahim Farid comes in to meet with the family. Megan and Randy really appreciated how thorough he was in gathering medical history.
Dr. Farid makes pre-surgery consult

10:50 a.m. Nurse practitioner Michelle Wilson talks to the Pollocks before surgery.
Nurse practitioner Michelle Wilson talks to the Pollocks before surgery
9:51 a.m. Megan cuddles with Jordan before surgery.

9:52 a.m. Megan and Jordan are ready for surgery.
Megan holds Jordan while they wait for the nurse.

10:58 a.m. Jordan’s parents and his Grandma Tammy Linden say bye and watch as OR nurse Sarah carries him back to the OR.

10:58 a.m. Sarah and nurse anesthetist Melanie play with Jordan on their way to the OR.

10:59 a.m. Sarah and Melanie get Jordan settled into the OR.
OR nurse Sarah Froman and nurse anesthetist Melanie Stoops get Jordan settled into the OR

11:00 a.m. Before the surgery can begin, Dr. Farid administers anesthesia to Jordan.

Dr. Farid gives Jordan anesthesia medicine before surgery

11:01 a.m. Dr. Milo and OR nurse Marilyn Khoury scrub into the OR.
Dr. Milo and OR nurse Marilyn Khoury scrubs into the OR

11:03 a.m. It takes a team to do surgery. Here’s a wide view of OR 3.
Dr. Farid, Melanie and Sarah Froman administer anesthesia before surgery

11:05 a.m. Dr. Milo said he always starts with the right ear. The average age for ear tube surgery is 1 to 3 years old.
Dr. Milo inserts tubes into right ear

11:06 a.m. Dr. Milo carefully places a tiny, blue tube in Jordan’s eardrum. The tube will allow Jordan’s middle ear to better drain.
Dr. Milo makes incision for ear tubes

11:08 a.m. Dr. Milo uses a telescope to insert the tiny ear tube. Ear tube surgery is the most common childhood surgery, with more than half a million children having ear tube surgery a year.
Dr. Milo uses a telescope to insert the tiny ear tube

How big is an ear tube? This one is TWICE the size as the one placed in Jordan.
Ear tube is twice the size of Jordan's

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.
Dr. Milo removes Jordan's adenoid

11:14 a.m. Dr. Milo uses a special light to assist him in removing Jordan’s adenoid.
Dr. Milo uses a special light to remove adenoid

11:24 a.m. All done! Dr. Milo and OR staff move Jordan from the OR table to a crib.
After surgery, Dr. Milo and OR staff move Jordan from the OR table to a crib

11:25 a.m. Dr. Milo and Melanie wheel Jordan into recovery, where he’ll be monitored for a while after surgery.
After surgery, Dr. Milo and anesthesia nurse Melanie Stoops wheel Jordan into recovery

11:27 a.m. Post anesthesia care unit nurse Holly Bauer holds Jordan in recovery.
PACU nurse Holly Bauer holds Jordan

11:29 a.m. Dr. Milo lets Megs and Randy know that everything went well.
After surgery, Dr. Milo lets Megs and Randy know that everything went well.

11:31 a.m. After answering their questions, Dr. Milo takes Megan and Randy back to recovery to see Jordan.
After surgery, Dr. Milo takes Megan back to recovery to see Jordan.

11:51 a.m. Megan and Randy are happy to comfort Jordan in the recovery area.
Megan and Randy comfort Jordan in the recovery area

12:05 p.m. There are 2 stages of recovery. Randy and Megan take Jordan to the second and final phase.
Randy and Megan take Jordan to phase 2 of recovery

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.
Dr. Farid talks to family in recovery

12:09 p.m. Megan is happy to hold Jordan in recovery.
Megan holds Jordan in recovery

12:11 p.m. PACU nurse Megan Ellis comes in to check on Jordan and talk to his parents. After anesthesia, Jordan got red-faced and had a white nose. The nurse explained that this is a normal reaction.

12:35 p.m. One of the criteria for discharge from recovery is being able to hold down liquids.

1:59 p.m. After they leave recovery, the Pollocks go to the ENT Center so Jordan can be fitted for ear plugs.
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2:02 p.m. Jordan will have to wear ear plugs when he’s bathing to keep his ears dry so they can heal.

2:02 p.m. The blue silicone ear plugs will protect Jordan’s ears.

2:04 p.m. Dr. Milo gives Jordan a sticker to reward him for being such a trooper.

2:04 p.m. Dr. Milo signs a t-shirt that the Pollocks brought for the surgery team to sign.

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