My son had it down when he was 7. It was in a hospital, but it was same day surgery. The hospital gave all of the children a tour a week or so before the surgery and told them what to expect, showed them where to be and even went over the flavors of anesthesia so they could start thinking about that. I think every kid is different. It was a much more difficult recovery than I expected for my son, but we are glad we had it done because it cleared up his problems. He was repeatedly getting strep and he was having allergic reactions to the antibiotics. He hasn't had strep since the surgery and it's been 5 years. He was very nauseous after the surgery and couldn't even keep down liquids. They sent him home anyhow, but probably should have kept him overnight. He almost ended up dehydrated and I almost had to bring him back in the next day. The day after surgery I sat with him with a cup of ice chips and spooned a small amount into his mouth at every possible moment. He couldn't keep down a popsicle or anything. He was also in a lot of pain for about a week. He was on Tylenol with codeine and he would request more before it was time to give him more. He didn't even feel up to watching videos, etc. He pretty much just stayed on the couch or in bed for almost the first week and he is a very energetic child. Obviously this doesn't happen to all kids, but that was our experience. There were several kids having the surgery that day at the hospital and he was by far the last one discharged. We kept watching everyone else leave. He was finally discharged because a rookie nurse started a shift, not because he was medically ready to go. He threw up (including some blood) in the parking lot on the way to our car after he was discharged and I called up to the nurse's desk and the rookie nurse wouldn't let us bring him back! Yes, I complained about her! After all of this we are very glad we had the surgery done! I hope your children have a more typical experience and that it goes well. I don't mean to scare you, but some kids do have a more difficult time than others. The doctor did try to warn us, but I thought it wouldn't be so bad because our son is usually pretty resilient. Best of luck.