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Does tonsillectomy take away your taste buds?

Does tonsillectomy take away your taste buds?

No: Tonsil surgery does not take away your taste buds. Some people after tonsil surgery will have a transient alteration of taste. This usually recovers with tinture of time. ...Read more

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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

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My toddler will not eat after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because she says everything tastes horrible.Why is that?Is her taste buds damaged?

My toddler will not eat after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because she says everything tastes horrible.Why is that?Is her taste buds damaged?

Tonsillectomy: Having your tonsils and adenoids removed is not a pleasant experience! a youngster is unfamiliar with the pain and discomfort that follows, and may simply be describing that as "food tasting horrible". I recommend that soft foods, non-acidic foods, ice pops, sherbet, and other soothing foods be included in her diet until she feels more "adventurous" and ready to return to her normal diet. ...Read more

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How long should I take off work for a tonsillectomy?

How long should I take off work for a tonsillectomy?

A week: It depends on what you are doing, but it will take about a week to recover from a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to heal after tonsillectomy?

Depends: The older you get 20's, 30's etc. Will usually take about 10 days to feel you can function fairly well, but 2-3 weeks to feel good. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your uvala to go down after a tonsillectomy?

How long does it take for your uvala to go down after a tonsillectomy?

Usually within: 1 to 2 weeks the uvula swelling has gone. Sometimes a swelling while last as long as a month. ...Read more

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How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

How many hours would it take to wake up from anesthesia after a tonsillectomy?

5 Minutes: Most patients are awake almost immediately after anesthesia. However, the effects last several hours making the patient's sleepy and groggy. Often patients have no memory of being in recovery room, and this is the lingering effects of the anesthesia. This situation is compounded by the pain medications/narcotics that you will have after the surgery. ...Read more

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How long should it take for the white coating to come off after tonsillectomy?

1-3 weeks: That coating is nothing to worry about, as gross as it can seem. It will slowly melt off over a 7-21 day period and then everything will look normal and pink again. ...Read more

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How much time after adult tonsillectomy will my taste come back. It's been three weeks, and I still can't taste anything.

No reason why not: i suspect your sense of taste and smell will slowly return. If not your doctor will be glad to discuss when ...Read more

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How long will it take for my stitches to dissolve after my tonsillectomy? It's been 4 weeks and there's a small amount still there.

How long will it take for my stitches to dissolve after my tonsillectomy? It's been 4 weeks and there's a small amount still there.

4 to 8 weeks: Most of us don't use sutures for tonsillectomy. If you had a uvulopalatopharyngectomy or uppp that usually requires sutures. On follow up at 4 to 6 weeks we may try to cut any remaining sutures if they are annoying. Sutures are sometimes placed to control bleeding, or in a technique with no cautery they might be used to control bleeding. As above, they should be gone after a couple of months. ...Read more

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What is your take on having a tonsillectomy nowadays?

Tonsillectomy: Tonsillectomy is a major surgery with risks of severe pain and bleeding. Tonsillectomy is an excellent treatment for obstructive problems like sleep apnea, especially in children and for chronic and/or recurrent tonsillitis. ...Read more