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Adenoidectomy Healing Time
My son is 4 years old. He has adenoids. He underwent a course of medical treatment, but without result. I want to avoid adenoidectomy. Plz, advice me.
My 5 yr old daughter had an adenoidectomy but was not given any medicines for healing. Her mouth smells really bad now. What could be the reason?
Totally normal: Some doctors give antibiotics to help prevent the odor but the most common complaint from parents that I hear about children who have adenoidectomy's is a several days of very foul breath. It goes away and is nothing to worry about. It occurs because in the back of the nose when the adenoids are removed tissue left behind becomes colonized with bacteria. This is only temporary. ...Read more
I had tonsil/adenoidectomy a week ago and still can't taste anything. My throat is healing but taste hasn't improved. When will normal taste return?
Taste buds healing: During a procedure such as a tonsil/adenoidectomy the proximity location of the "taste buds" might result in sensory and vascular compromise. Therefore your symptoms are a result of the surgery and the healing process. A week may have been enough time to note that there is some healing, improvement but not enough for sensory, nerve, repair. Talk with your surgeon about an expected time period. ...Read more
What is the average recovery time for a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy with septoplasty/turbinate reduction for a 19 year old female?
Recovery to what?: Major pain should disappear in a day or three; two to four weeks to complete healing. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Adenoidectomy: Is done through the mouth under general anesthesia. Adenoids are located in the upper throat just above/behind the soft palate/uvula. A dental mirror is used to see the area. Removal can be done with a microdebrider that cuts and suctions tiny pieces of tissue out. Another way is to remove the adenoids using a curette. Adenoids can also be be vaporized using coblation. ...Read more
Adenoidectomy: Under general anesthetic with a breathing tube in place, a surgery is performed through the mouth to reach the adenoids behind the nose. Most surgeons will use electrocautery to melt away the adenoids, though they can also be scraped away with a curette or trimmed away with a microdebrider instrument. Recovery is quite easy from this surgery. Usually it is performed only on children. ...Read more
5-7 days.: I find it hard to believe that a 46 year old person would need an adenoidectomy. At that age the adenoid (lymphoid tissue in the back of the nose) usually has atrophied. Make sure of the histologist diagnosis. If the tissue is benign, you should be able to exercise in 5 to 7 days. ...Read more
Almost none: An adenoidectomy is virtually painless. As long as the palatine tonsils (tonsils in the throat) are not removed, the operation heals without any pain. Bleeding is also very rare. ...Read more
Adenotonsillectomy: The tonsils sit at the back of the mouth and the adenoids sit at the back of the nose in the throat. They are lymphoid tissue that have a minor role in the immune system. In situations of repeated infection or ongoing obstruction (causing breathing issues or sleep apnea), ENT surgeons may recommend removal of one or both of these. Adenoids tend to shrink away themselves by teenage years. ...Read more
Think soft and bland: The texture of the food should be soft after tonsil surgery. Warm or cold temperature is generally fine, and depends on patient preference. Avoid anything carbonated, acidic, spicy, or very salty as these types of food often make the pain worse. If you can't eat, just maintain hydration with plenty of fluids until eating becomes more comfortable. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Sinus infection: It depends on how long ago you had an adenoidectomy. If it was a few weeks ago, it can still be from surgery. If it was years ago, it could be sinus infection, infection of the tissue in the nasopharynx (nasopharyngitis), or sometimes a cyst in the area called a thorwaldts cyst. Tumors could also be the problem. You need a good exam by an ent, he/she can use a telescope to look back there. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Same overall risks: The most significant risks for this surgery are anesthesia-related and bleeding. Whether one is 5 or 25, the risks are similar. Postoperative bleeding is slightly higher in adults than in children. Postoperative pain is usually greater in adults leading to a longer period of recovery. Age. ...Read more
Will I be completely recovered from my Tonsil/Adenoidectomy in 2 weeks? Can adults return back to work after 14 days?
Yes: Most patients have a week or two of discomfort after a TA and adults often do return to work in two weeks or less. ...Read more
How long after?: It takes at least 3 weeks to recover from adult tonsillectomy. Even then the muscles around the tonsil may feel tight for a while. Occasionally the stylohyoid tendon behind the tonsil area is irritated for months after a tonsillectomy. Rarely a surgery is done to remove the styloid process when this continues to be a large problem. This is called eagle's syndrome. ...Read more
N ot usually: This is an excellent question. If the adenoid is very large, you might experience a temporary change in the quality of your voice. If there is no palatal insufficiency, it is unlikely that any permanent change will occur. I am basing the answer on adenoidectomy in children. It is quite rare for an adult to require an adenoidectomy, unless perhaps a biopsy is being performed. No voice change. ...Read more