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Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Adult tonsillectomy: Generally. Always have risk of excessive bleeding, anesthesia mishaps, post-op and delayed bleeding (7-10 days after). Risk should be minimal in properly selected patients. Performed for recurring infecting, peritonsillar abscesses, sleep apnea, cancer diagnosis. ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Continued pain after adult tonsil and adenoidectomy?

Continued pain after adult tonsil and adenoidectomy?

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

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Sleeping issues, but ENT says airway (nasal) looks great. I have a lot of ear popping. He says it can't be adenoids b/c I'm an adult. Tonsils ok.

Sleeping issues, but ENT says airway (nasal) looks great. I have a lot of ear popping. He says it can't be adenoids b/c I'm an adult. Tonsils ok.

Sleep probs?: Hello ~ the way to sort this out is to have a "SLEEP TEST". Ask your PMD to arrange this and to prescribe CPAP if needed. The popping sounds like chronic serous otitis media (CSOM) AND your ENT can help you with the treatment of that thanks ...Read more

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Hi Franklyn, I am an Adult suffering with Tonsils since long prolonged with Saliva could a tonsellectemy solve this?

Hi Franklyn, I am an Adult suffering with Tonsils since long prolonged with Saliva could a tonsellectemy solve this?

Symptoms?: Are you asking if tonsillectomy would help with excess salivation? The answer is no. Unless because of tonsil pain, you don't swallow as much and your saliva accumulates. Best approach is to see an ENT surgeon for assessment of tonsils. Also salivation problems ...Read more

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In adults, why/can tonsils remain larger after an infection than before? Can they remain larger indefinitely? Or should they return to original size?

In adults, why/can tonsils remain larger after an infection than before? Can they remain larger indefinitely? Or should they return to original size?

In some...: Some people may have enlarged tonsils and depending on how large they are and if they are causing trouble swallowing, breathing (especially while sleeping), multiple infections, or very painful might need a ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist to take a look at them and decide if they need to be removed or not. ...Read more

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What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

What does strep throat look like on an adult with no tonsils?

Red: The area around where the tonsils used to be may look beefy red. There may also be red spots on the soft palate. The appearance does not help one identify strep vs virus. ...Read more

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Are there any risks in removing tonsils as adults?

Are there any risks in removing tonsils as adults?

Bleeding in 2%: The rate of postoperative bleeding for both adults and children is noted to be 2%. Other risks include voice change, liquid escape into the nose (1%), change in taste (5%), and of course a very sore throat for at least two weeks. You will need two weeks off from work. When bleeding occurs this may require a return trip to the operating room to cauterize the spot that is bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it safe for an adult to have the tonsils out?

Yes: It is safe. It is not done very often in adults but if necessary, the usual presurgical evaluation is done. ...Read more

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What are some causes of enlarged tonsils in adults?

What are some causes of enlarged tonsils in adults?

Enlarged tonsils: Hello, enlarged tonsils in an adult may be normally enlarged or possibly due to a condition called lymphoma. It is important to see your doctor especially if your tonsils are asymmetric. That is if one is larger than the other. ...Read more

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How common are enlarged tonsils in adults? Mine are grade 4 resulting in apnea

How common are enlarged tonsils in adults? Mine are grade 4 resulting in apnea

Tonsils: Relatively common. There are guidelines for tonsillectomy. Depends on frequency of infection, whether or peritonsilar abscess, sleep apnea, etc. RMost tonsils decrease in size in older teens and your adults. Risk/benefit considerations. See an ENT. ...Read more

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Should the 2 tonsils be approximately the same size? Does unilateral tonsil enlargement in adults warrant medical attention?

Should the 2 tonsils be approximately the same size? Does unilateral tonsil enlargement in adults warrant medical attention?

Absolutely: Unilateral tonsillar enlargement should be evaluated by an Ear, Nose and Throat physician. Sometimes it can be normal but often it is due to a disorder in the larger tonsil that requires evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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How often can an adult take Zofran (ondansetron) odt 4 mg for post tonsil surgery?

How often can an adult take Zofran (ondansetron) odt 4 mg for post tonsil surgery?

Recommended timing: The recommended interval for use is 6 hours between doses. More frequent use is unlikely to provide additional benefit. ...Read more

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Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Pressing reality: The push to avoid the dreaded tonsillitis had been commonplace for a hundred years, before antibiotics & general anesthesia. It was a socially acceptable approach to a frequent problem & we had little research to counter demand, similar to bloodletting & purges. Once the process was studied & detail & we understood the immune system better, the docs pushed back. ...Read more

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Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Tonsil and adenoid surgery as an adult necessary?

Depends: There are sme indications for this surgery in adults, such as obstructive sleep apnea, but in general, if they are not casing you symptoms, leave them alone. Having yur tonsils out does not reduce the number of sore throats you get. ...Read more

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I just learned I have to get my tonsils removed because they are huge and I have sleep apnea. I'm scared. Is the procedure bad in adults?

I just learned I have to get my tonsils removed because they are huge and I have sleep apnea. I'm scared. Is the procedure bad in adults?

Frequently: By bad I assume you mean is the recovery difficult. Adults typically experience 7-10 days of significant pain in the throat following tonsillectomy. Your surgeon will give you pain medicine. Keeping yourself hydrated is very important and often keeps the pain level down. ...Read more

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I have strep throat at least three times a year plus many sore throats. The ER doctors say I should have my tonsils removed, is it safe as an adult?

I have strep throat at least three times a year plus many sore throats. The ER doctors say I should have my tonsils removed, is it safe as an adult?

See own doc: Decisions on whether you need surgical intervention for a chronic problem should not be coming fro an er doc. You need to discuss this with a primary care doctor or with an ENT doctor for your particular case of recurrent throat infections. While the surgery is generally safe, there can always be complications from bleeding, infection, anesthesia. That's why you need to talk to your personal doc! ...Read more

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I was hit in the mouth and now front adult tooth has a broken crown and uneven. What should I do?

I was hit in the mouth and now front adult tooth has a broken crown and uneven. What should I do?

See a dentist: Well if is doesn't hurt and you are happy with the look. Do nothing. Otherwise see a dentist have it smoothed off, a filling placed, a veneer placed, or a crown placed.
Also the dentist can check to see if the root has been damaged. Even if the root is not damaged, the tooth could need root canal therapy years later as a result of the trauma. ...Read more

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How to treat mouth breathing in adults?

How to treat mouth breathing in adults?

Mouth Breathing: Can be due to many causes actually, such as a skeletal malocclusion or vertical excess with lip incompetence, macroglossia, nasopharyngeal obstructions (polyps, turbinates, deviated septum), seasonal or domestic allergies with congestion to name a few. Mouth breathing is a symptom of another underlying issue usually so focus should be on identifying and treating that issue and it will be reduced. ...Read more

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How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

How can I tell an adult tooth from a baby tooth when looking in a child's mouth?

Depends on the tooth: If you are looking at the front 4 teeth (incisors), the adult tooth will usually have little ridges on the edge, called mamelons which aid in eruption of the adult teeth. For the adult canines, the angled part of the tooth that makes the point is shorter on the side towards the front teeth and longer on the other side. The baby canines will be opposite. Generally baby teeth are whiter in color. ...Read more

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My daughters top 2 front adult teeth feel wobbly after a knock to her mouth at the park? What should I do?

My daughters top 2 front adult teeth feel wobbly after a knock to her mouth at the park? What should I do?

Leave them alone: You can apply ice, ask her to eat soft, and liquid food.

avoid dislodging the teeth.

see a dentist
to see if they can be saved. ...Read more

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Is the success rate in mouth cancer in young adults good or bad?

Is the success rate in mouth cancer in young adults good or bad?

Depends: Many factors determine the successful treatment of mouth cancer. Location, size, spread and possibly papillomavirus association have effects on survival rates, as do treatment rendered. ...Read more

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What to do if I have an adult lateral incisor fully grown in the roof of my mouth.?

What to do if I have an adult lateral incisor fully grown in the roof of my mouth.?

Go straight: If your unhappy with your smile, or if your Dentist is unhappy with either your occlusion or the health of the supporting tissues around your teeth, a visit to a qualified Orthodontic Specialist may be in order. If your teeth are crooked, an Orthodontist will help you go straight. ...Read more

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Why is it that a baby with no teeth has a cute little mouth, but an adult with no teeth doesn't?

Why is it that a baby with no teeth has a cute little mouth, but an adult with no teeth doesn't?

It's an opinion.: You are entitled to your own value judgment, but only you can explain why you think so. ...Read more

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Can adults (with highly sensitive mouth allergy) use children's toothpaste and children's mouth wash?

Can adults (with highly sensitive mouth allergy) use children's toothpaste and children's mouth wash?

Yes: But whether it helps or not is another question. Consult your dentist if this remains an issue. Certain OTC toothpaste may also be helpful in reducing the sensitivity. Avoid mouthwash containing alcohol. ...Read more