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How long after a tonsillectomy will I be able to swim?

How long after a tonsillectomy will I be able to swim?

Usually 10 days: I like my patients to avoid any strenuous activity that could result in raising their blood pressure and cause bleeding. Light exercise is ok (for my patients) after 10 days with heavier work outs at about 17 days. Most ENT doctors will vary somewhat on these recommendations. It is always best to ask your ENT as they would be the one who would have to deal with any complications you might have. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy will I be able to talk?

How long after a tonsillectomy will I be able to talk?

A few days: Everybody is different. It depends on why the tonsils are coming out. Most adults are phonic in about 5 days. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy could I swim?

How long after a tonsillectomy could I swim?

Ask surgeon: Please let your surgeon answer this for you. That is the person responsible for your care after surgery. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy am I at risk of bleeding?

How long after a tonsillectomy am I at risk of bleeding?

5-10 days usually: For most people, the risk of bleeding after tonsillectomy is over about 10 days after the surgery, 14 days at the outside. It is possible but unlikely to have problems after that. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy is it before you can speak normally again?

How long after a tonsillectomy is it before you can speak normally again?

About 10 days: Takes about 10 days until most people start feeling human again following a tonsillectomy. That includes talking. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy should I wait before going to an amusement park?

When you feel netter: LOL. Usually 2-3 days you are able to speak without much of difficulty and able to swallow food other than cold ice cream Rex. So when you want to enjoy Amisent park you want to be strong and healthy so I think 1 week is reasonable time. But always talk to your parents and a doctor treating you Enjoy ...Read more

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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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How long is recovery from a tonsillectomy as an adult?

How long is recovery from a tonsillectomy as an adult?

Tonsillectomy postop: Adult recovery from tonsillectomy ranges from 1-2 weeks. Recovery depends on tonsillectomy technique, pain tolerance, underlying health issues and reason for tonsillectomy. It is important to follow your surgeon's recommendations as to diet, activity and medications during the post operative course. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a tonsillectomy?

Recovery: It varies and depends on technique - but usually about 2 weeks. Severe pain usually is much decreased after 3-7 days. Minimal pain, such as when yawning can persist up to 4 weeks. After tonsillectomy one should usually stay out of school or work for 1-2 weeks and no strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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How long before I can eat regular foods after tonsillectomy?

How long before I can eat regular foods after tonsillectomy?

Any time 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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How to deal with tonsillectomy pain & how long is the recovery?

Expect two peaks: The first two days aren't too bad. The worst days are the second and third after the procedure as swelling peaks. It then improves gradually but there is often a second peak on 4-6 days postop as the scabs on the tonsillectomy sites shed. Pain may also depend on surgical technique. Be generous with pain meds such as narcotics and advil, (ibuprofen) topical Lidocaine can help. Should be back fully at 2 wk. ...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 my child have to be on a "soft food diet" after a tonsillectomy?

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

Ask the Surgeon: It really depends upon the surgery and results. Best answered by the surgeon. ...Read more

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Why does it take longer to recover from a tonsillectomy as an adult vs. As a child?

Why does it take longer to recover from a tonsillectomy as an adult vs. As a child?

Tonsillectomy: Adults have had years of infections which can result in scar tissue. Their tonsils are often much harder to remove (sometimes requiring more trauma, cauterization, etc.) than kids. ...Read more

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What's the recovery like after a tonsillectomy? How long does it usually take to heal after a tonsillectomy?

Not fun: The recovery after tonsillectomy is quite painful. Most surgeons prescribe narcotic pain medicine, and the average patient takes it for 4-6 days. By 7-10 days most patients are able to resume normal diet. The other worrisome risk is bleeding from the tonsillectomy sites, generally occurs in 2-3% of cases. ...Read more

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Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

There is no..: Contraindication to eating red foods after tonsillectomy. This prohibition was started because of a concern that a patient may not be able to tell red jell-o or liquids from blood when it's thrown back up. I think there's too much hype on this and personally allow my patients who are adults or older children to eat and drink any color food they want. ...Read more

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How long until speaking normal after tonsillectomy?

How long until speaking normal after tonsillectomy?

Up to 6 weeks: The palate can be a bit stiff after a tonsillectomy and make the voice sound weird. This should be gone by 6 weeks after surgery. If it is not, go see your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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After my tonsillectomy how long until the scabs come off?

Scabs p/tonsillectom: Usually between 7-10 days. Any sooner, and you run the risk of bleeding. Follow your post operative instructions and check in with your surgeon if you have any questions or concerns. ...Read more

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How long until the stitches dissolve from a tonsillectomy?

How long until the stitches dissolve from a tonsillectomy?

Depends: Depends on the type of dissolvable sutures used. Usually 7 to 10 days, sometimes a little longer. ...Read more

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How long will it be after my tonsillectomy until I can eat real food?

Depends: Every ENT doctor has a different answer. Some let people eat real food right away. I tell my patients to avoid foods and drinks that are hot, hard, spicy or acidic for 2 weeks. I like my patients to stay away from anything that can scratch, burn or irritate their throats while healing. No chips, fries, tomatoes, coffee, tea, lemon orange etc. Best for you to ask your doctor his/her preference. ...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 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 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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How long does the bad breath last after a tonsillectomy?

7-10 days: The bad breath will last until you are able to begin cleaning your mouth again. Also, the surgical site of the tonsillectomy will have to heal enough for you to swallow comfortably. ...Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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Tonsillectomy pain for a long time now, and it feels worse than tonsillitis. Did I make a mistake?

Tonsillectomy pain for a long time now, and it feels worse than tonsillitis. Did I make a mistake?

10-14 days: At age 34, tonsillectomy is a very painful operation requiring narcotic medication. The average time for complete pain resolution is between 10 to 14 days, Additional time is required to get rid of tightness that resolves in about 4-6 weeks. I can not resolve the question of your making a mistake without knowing what symptoms you had prior to the surgery. ...Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy done June 30 the procedure was 1 hour long and gave me general anesthesia, how long does it take to take it out of my system?

I had a tonsillectomy done June 30 the procedure was 1 hour long and gave me general anesthesia, how long does it take to take it out of my system?

Anesthesia: General anesthetics can affect your memory, concentration and relflexes for a day or two. The anesthetic agent should have long since been metabolized and exited your body. ...Read more

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How long can you not talk for after tonsillectomy? It hurts so bad to and I had it 2 days ago.

Have patience: Well this is the time you can enjoy Ice cream and cold smoothies to your heart's content. It takes 7 to 14 days to heal. Every day will be a better than the day before. ...Read more

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I just had a tonsillectomy, should the holes left over by the removed tonsils be black inside. And how long does it take for the new holes to seal up?

I just had a tonsillectomy, should the holes left over by the removed tonsils be black inside. And how long does it take for the new holes to seal up?

Tonsil eschar: This is obviously a crust in the tonsillar fossa called an eschar. The fact that his black usually is because the surgeon utilized heat to stop the bleeding when they took the tonsils out. This could be with a laser or with cautery. It usually takes 2 to 3 weeks for this to disappear completely and it always does. In the meantime you should be eating soft food to help wash this away. I usually recommend that my patients should eat a hamburger on the fifth day ...Read more

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How long does it take for you to get rid of bad breath after a tonsillectomy?

How long does it take for you to get rid of bad breath after a tonsillectomy?

As soon as healed: Tonsillectomy is done when tonsils are enlarged and cause obstruction and infection in the throat. Often times enlarged tonsils cause bad breath too. Surgery is done to remove them and prevent repeated problems. Bad breath is caused by a large number of bacteria in the mouth, especially in infected tonsils decreases as soon as tissues start to heal after tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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How long before I can eat semi-solid foods after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Following Day OK: The day after t&a you can eat cold, moist, soft foods (cereal, youghurt, pudding, etc). The 2nd day add egg and other soft food. Gradually advance your diet as you are comfortable. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue numb after my tonsillectomy? Got them out 5 days ago. How long will it last?

Why is my tongue numb after my tonsillectomy? Got them out 5 days ago. How long will it last?

Wait...: This type of surgery occasionally can cause this unwanted result. If your symptoms still remain more than 3 weeks you should have this surgery reviewed by the treating doctor. Hope to recover sensitiveness ...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