Frequently Asked Questions


How much will I have to pay?

If your insurance requires a copay, you will be responsible for that amount. Insurance plans vary greatly, and you may also be responsible for a co-insurance or deductible. The best thing to do is to check with your insurance company to verify your out-of-pocket expenses.

Do I need a referral?

Some insurances do require a referral. Your insurance card may list when referrals are required or you can call your insurance company to verify if one is needed.

How long until I feel better after tonsil surgery?

Typically, a week. To ensure a smooth recovery, be sure to drink plenty of fluids after surgery and stick to a soft diet.

When can I swim after I get ear tubes?

Usually patients can resume their normal activities the day after ear tube surgery. However, they should wear ear plugs while swimming and bathing as long as the tubes are in place.

How long will the tubes be in?

It varies from patient to patient. The average is 6 months to a year.

Where does Dr. Gergits operate?

Dr. Gergits performs surgeries at Susquehanna Surgery Center, Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital, and Berwick Hospital. He also performs certain procedures in his office.

Is it normal to have a fever after surgery?

It is common to run a low-grade fever after surgery. However, in some cases, fever can be an indication of dehydration, and fluids should be increased. If fever persists or goes above 102º F, you should contact Dr. Gergits.

Are sinus infections contagious?

Sinus infections are often linked to the common cold, which is contagious. However, not everyone who has a cold gets a sinus infection, of course. The infection itself is not contagious.

Is it allergies or a sinus infection?

Fever and green nasal drainage are usually indicative of an infection. Clear drainage and sneezing usually indicate allergies.

Is it normal for my nose to bleed after cautery?

Slight bloody drainage is expected after cauterization.

Is it normal to have severe ear pain after tonsil surgery?

Is it very common to have severe ear pain after tonsil surgery. To help reduce pain, drink plenty of fluids (preferably cold) or eat ice pops, and take medications as prescribed.

Did my prescriptions go to my pharmacist?

Prescriptions are sent electronically to your pharmacy from our office in the majority of cases, unless a written prescription is required.

What will my throat look like after tonsil surgery?

It is normal to have a white “film” at the back of your throat after tonsil surgery.

What can I eat after tonsil surgery?

After tonsil surgery, you should stick to a soft diet – nothing hard or with rough edges.

Is it okay to take Ibuprofen after tonsil surgery?

Yes, you can take Ibuprofen after tonsil surgery.

What will happen if I get water in my ears after tube surgery?

Water exposure can cause pain and increase the risk for infection.

What else can I take if Percocet® is not helping after surgery?

Ibuprofen can be taken two hours after a dosage of Percocet to help with any pain.

Is bloody drainage normal after sinus surgery?

Some bloody drainage is normal after sinus surgery. This should decrease each day after surgery.