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1 day post op from tonsillectomy, having dry heaves, but no blood. Are the scabs coming off so soon?

1 day post op from tonsillectomy, having dry heaves, but no blood. Are the scabs coming off so soon?

Patient, be patient: Get info & help from surgeon - report bleeding. Ask for help to reduce dry heaves - any irritation in throat area is to be avoided if possible. Usually pain meds are stopped at 10 days, but you may hurt longer - protect scabs - they protect you. Drink water as much as you can - enjoy smoothies, ice-cream.
Here's a good link: http://tonsillectomyrecovery. Com/tonsillectomy-recovery-forum/
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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Is it normal to have burning pain deep behind the eyes 1 day after adenoid and tonsillectomy (4 yr old boy)?

Can Be: All of those areas are interconnected and the irritation from the surgery can indeed extend up inot sinuses that are back behind the eyes. However, if there is any fever, gross, yucky drainage or he just feels really crappy, call your ENT doc immediately before the weekend to have him checked out. He could have developed an infection after the surgery that needs attention. ...Read more

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How badly does a tonsillectomy hurt? Getting one soon and I'm scared.

How badly does a tonsillectomy hurt? Getting one soon and I'm scared.

Hurts a lot: If you are undergoing tonsillectomy by a board certified otolaryngologist (ent surgeon), there is a 1% chance of serious post-op bleeding. That means there is a 99% chance you will be fine post-operatively. However, you will have at least 10 days of severe pain in the throat for which narcotic pain medication will be necessary. You will be fine. ...Read more

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Hi, I just had a tonsillectomy and I have two questions, first one is why do I keep getting these painful snot ballish things? Second, how will I know

Hi, I just had a tonsillectomy and I have two questions, first one is why do I keep getting these painful snot ballish things? Second, how will I know

Post-tonsillectomy: All sorts of crusting, snot, phlegm, and secretions from mouth, nose, and down the throat are normal and expected for at least a week after surgery, as your body heals the raw 'mucosa' by natural scabbing. Take regularly scheduled pain meds, drink plenty of water, and avoid sports and strenuous activity. Don't worry about secretions unless bleeding. ...Read more

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Is tonsillectomy necessary for a 6 year old with one episode?

Is tonsillectomy necessary for a 6 year old with one episode?

See below: If you mean one episode of strep throat. The answer is no. We normally look at 4 episodes in 6 months or 6 in a year. As long as there was no complications. ...Read more

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Would just one cigarette effect the healing of a tonsillectomy?

Would just one cigarette effect the healing of a tonsillectomy?

No: No. Assuming you mean one in the entire healing process. Follow the instructions of your ENT surgeon ...Read more

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What could I expect from a tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy? Getting one in a week, and in starting to get nervous.

Adult T & A: Severe throat pain for 10-14 days, you'll need narcotic pain medication during that time. Stay home for 2 weeks. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy (cautery) one week ago today, still EXTREMELY sore and unable to eat. How long will my pain last?

I had a tonsillectomy (cautery) one week ago today, still EXTREMELY sore and unable to eat. How long will my pain last?

10 days is usual: 1st 10 days after tonsillectomy is the worst for pain then gradually pain should lessen until 3 weeks at which time most of the pain is gone. ...Read more

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Why is there a persistent feeling that something is lodged in/near thyroid, one year after tonsillectomy surgery? Female, age 30.

Why is there a persistent feeling that something is lodged in/near thyroid, one year after tonsillectomy surgery? Female, age 30.

You need an ENT: Specialist to look into your throat, you can still talk to the surgeon who performed your tonsillectomy, this feeling may or may not be related to the surgery, wish you well ...Read more

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What is an abnormal number of tonsil stones? I just extracted at least 5 good sized stones from one tonsil crypt. Should I consider a tonsillectomy?

Not sure: There isn't a defined number of abnormal stones. What is important are the symptoms. If they cause pain, bad breath, or are associated with infection, especially 6-7 infections in one year, or 3-5 yearly for>3-5 years then removal is indicated. Stones are from actinomyces, a normal mouth anaerobic resident. Sometimes augmentin, (amoxicillin and clavulanate) penicillin, or Cleocin can resolve it. ...Read more

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What are the risks and it's prevalence of tonsillectomy? Will it affect ones' ability to sing? Have tonsillitis more than 6 x a year lasting v long ea

What are the risks and it's prevalence of tonsillectomy? Will it affect ones' ability to sing? Have tonsillitis more than 6 x a year lasting v long ea

Most common risk is: Bleeding. It can occur up to two or more weeks after surgery. More likely in adult males. 6 infections a year would qualify you for a tonsillectomy but the procedure is still elective. Frequent strep positive infections have been associated with cardiovascular disease later in life. Taking the tonsils out does change the size of the resonant cavity but does not effect the voice box. ...Read more

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Can I have one alcoholic drink (wine or mixed drink) the night before a tonsillectomy?

Why chance it: Ask the surgeon to be sure, but why chance any issues with your surgery. Usually, the surgeon will require a patient to be npo (nulla per os-nothing by mouth) the night before, which would mean you should not. Good luck with your surgery. ...Read more

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Had tonsillectomy. Difficulty taking antibiotic cause hard to swallow. Took one yesterday but today pain increase can't swallow. How to complete it?

Had tonsillectomy. Difficulty taking antibiotic cause hard to swallow. Took one yesterday but today pain increase can't swallow. How to complete it?

Call doctor: Perhaps they can switch to liquid or chewables. And if pain is this severe perhaps a recheck to confirm there is not an infection is prudent. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than one week. So worry help pls??

My 3 y old had tonsillectomy from 3 days now he has a white spot in his tongue. He is in the antibiotic from more than one week. So worry help pls??

No worry: It is not uncommon after a tonsillectomy, that children get a white coating on the tongue due to build up of dead cells on the surface from lack of friction from eating and mild dehydration. Push fluids, and when your child is eating normally again, it should resolve. Alternatively, anyone on antibiotics can develop a yeast infection or thrush which will usually clear when off antibiotics. ...Read more

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I recently had a sleep study done and had an ahi of 26, all hypopneas. Is cpap necessary? Would tonsillectomy help since pcp said I have large ones?

I recently had a sleep study done and had an ahi of 26, all hypopneas. Is cpap necessary? Would tonsillectomy help since pcp said I have large ones?

Moderate OSA: Moderate obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition and requires medical attention. CPAP is a gold standard, but patient's compliance around 75%. Another alternative is a custom made dental appliance that you wear only night time. It will be titrated according to your needs.
No surgery is recommended.
Rec. In case of CPAP intolerance to see orofacial pain specialist. ...Read more

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Are dark grey/ redish blackish spots on one tonsil bed (after a tonsillectomy) a sign of healing or an infection?

Healing: Infections in a post op tonsillar bed are pretty rare, usually I put my patients on antibiotics after the surgery anyway. The reddish black dots are the residual effects of cauterization and granulation tissue together. Eventually they will turn back to the normal color of the oral cavity. ...Read more

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Can tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause aggressive behavior in children? My 4 yr old child has been taking it every 4 hours for one week after a tonsillectomy

Can tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine cause aggressive behavior in children? My 4 yr old child has been taking it every 4 hours for one week after a tonsillectomy

Yes: I have seen the Codeine have the effect of producing irritability in some kids. You may want to try tylenol (acetaminophen) without for a few doses to see if you get your kid back. ...Read more

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I have had stitches in my throat following a post tonsillectomy bleed. They are now hanging by one thread down my throat. How can I get rid of them?

I have had stitches in my throat following a post tonsillectomy bleed. They are now hanging by one thread down my throat. How can I get rid of them?

Call ENT: You should call the ENT who did the surgeon to handle this. Don't try to remove it yourself with a scissor since it may cause major damage. Not a do-it-yourself job. ...Read more

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I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?

I have grade 4 enlarged tonsils causing mild to moderate sleep apnea (AHI 10, nadir SpO2 88%). One dr said tonsillectomy other said CPAP. What's best?

Both: Unless you were born with extra tonsils you have 2 adult tonsils and adenoidal tissue. Either tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy plus C-PAP will be beneficial. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy on Tues. One side of my jaw is more swollen and painful than the other and ear ache I'm experiencing is unbearable, infection?

I had a tonsillectomy on Tues. One side of my jaw is more swollen and painful than the other and ear ache I'm experiencing is unbearable, infection?

Infections post op: Your symptoms warrant an urgent call to the surgeon now. If he is not available ask for the covering doctor on call. If no one responds then I recommend going to the nearest emergency room ASAP. ...Read more

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Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

Chronic stones cryptic tonsils 40yr obese female quit smoking less than one year mild hypertension Too high risk for tonsillectomy and laryngoscopy?

More info would help: Definitely not too risky. Would need to know your other health problems, if any. If there's any concern, you could always get preoperatively clearance from your PCP or a clinic that specializes in clearance. ...Read more

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Had tonsillectomy one month ago and throat still hurts. I noticed 2 pimples in my throat one on each side where tonsils used to be. Normal or not?

Had tonsillectomy one month ago and throat still hurts. I noticed 2 pimples in my throat one on each side where tonsils used to be. Normal or not?

Post tonsillectomy: Yes, sounds pretty normal to have some lingering pain and discomfort. Irregularities in the tonsil bed are not uncommon. The oral mucosa can have a bumpy texture for a while, as it heals. Sometimes little mucus retention cysts can develop, as it heals. Most of the time, by 3 months everything will look normal. Any major concerns should be seen by your surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a red bumps and red veins at back of my throat, should I be worried and I had tonsillectomy before 1 year one lymph node at my right side of my neck?

I have a red bumps and red veins at back of my throat, should I be worried and I had tonsillectomy before 1 year one lymph node at my right side of my neck?

Varicose veins: It is not unusual to have small, dilated and visible veins in the back of the throat. The red bumps are probably small lymph follicles. I would not be overly concerned, but something like this requires a good exam just to be certain. See an ENT. ...Read more

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What to eat its day 3 of tonsillectomy?

What to eat its day 3 of tonsillectomy?

Anything you want: I tend to not restrict diet in any way. Some ents say to stick to a soft diet but that is more of an older way of thinking. If there was something more difficult with your surgery your doctor may give you specific instructions on what not to eat- obviously follow that.

Be sure to stay hydrated. Beyond that, hot, cold, dairy, bubbly, juice, bread, chicken, pizza, you name it... Chow down. ...Read more

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Is it normal for stitches to come out after day 9 of tonsillectomy why is there still white stuff and pain inside?

Sounds normal: It takes about 2 weeks to heal and at 9 days the throat can still look pretty gross. I tell my tonsil patients that they will start feeling a lot better by day 12. ...Read more

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Can I smoke if I had a tonsillectomy 14 days ago? I don't wanna stop cause im not a big smoker maybe 1 cig a day. But is it safe 2 weeks after the op?

Not advised: Smoking is never encouraged at any time, least of all after surgery. The tonsillar area needs to heal and the exposure to smoke only slows the process and can affect the cells. Try using nicotine patch for the nicotine crave. Good health. ...Read more

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I'm day 6 post tonsillectomy. I just took my antibiotic and threw it all up. What do I do now?

I'm day 6 post tonsillectomy. I just took my antibiotic and threw it all up. What do I do now?

Be patient: Although some ENT specialists recommend antibiotics post-operatively, there is little evidence that these drugs aid in healing. It is possible that they may actually be harmful in the development of resistant bacteria. My gut feeling is that most ENT surgeons do not use antibiotics and if they do, only at the time of surgery. It takes 10 days to recover. Be patient and stop the antibiotic. ...Read more

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An hour or so after my tonsillectomy I let out a few massive burps. Why? I hadn't even drunk or eaten anything that day.

Surgery: During the procedure, air may have entered into your esophagus, and the air was then released through your massive burps post op. All is fine. Stay well. ...Read more

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I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy and on my scaring tissue there is a red slit and it looks like it might be bleeding alittle?

I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy and on my scaring tissue there is a red slit and it looks like it might be bleeding alittle?

Tonsillectomy: Day 6 is a high risk time for post tonsillectomy bleeding. If you see any active bleeding it is important to consult your doctor. ...Read more