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A 45-year-old member asked:

how are a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy different?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Different places: Your tonsils and adenoids do the same thing, but your tonsis are at the back of your throat and your adenoids are at the back of your nasal passage. You can see your tonsils when you open your mouth at the back of your tounge. The procedure to remove them is similar, but the tissue is in these different locations.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

How long will it take adult to recover from a tonsillectomy and an adenoidectomy?

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Dr. David Mann
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 30 years experience
Recovery: Recovery from tonsillectomy takes at least 2 weeks. Stay off work or schooh for 1 week. No strenuous activity for 2 weeks. Slight pain can persist for a few weeks whenever one yawns.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What causes the nausea after a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy?

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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Nausea p/ T&A: Nausea after tonsil and adenoid surgery can be due to multiple causes. On day of surgery it can be from combination of iv, oral and inhalant anesthetic medicines used. Once home, pain medications +/- antibiotics you are taking, may make you nauseous. If nausea is persistent, call your surgeon for medication and tips to stop it.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How long does my child have to be on a "soft food diet" after a tonsillectomy?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ask the Surgeon: It really depends upon the surgery and results. Best answered by the surgeon.
A 47-year-old member asked:

How long will it take to recover from a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
10 to 14 days.: Most patients in any age group recover from a t and a in 10 to 14 days. It is a very painful operation but in the hands of a competent surgeon, there is about a 1% chance of bleeding. In my experience, most patients are quite well in about 10 to 14 days.
Ashland, KY
A 34-year-old male asked:

I just had a tonsillectomy a week ago and now my molars and the inside of my teeth are really gritty?

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Specializes in Pediatrics
Tonsilectomy: Is rough on adults and is a full two week recovery. Are you able to brush your teeth to remove some of that gritty sensation? Or rinse and spit with 50-50 peroxide and mouth wash? If it bothers you a lot call the ENT who did the surgery and ask. The haling process can easily lead to that gritty feeling.

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