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How long does it take to recover from an adenoids and tonsils removal operation?

How long does it take to recover from an adenoids and tonsils removal operation?

How old?: Depending on how old the patient is and how 'tough' they are, the recovery can take anywhere from 5 days to 3 weeks. Kids always seem to bounce back faster than adults so long as they have adequate pain management. It's very important to make sure that the patient is getting a lot of hydration to avoid bleeding and help with pain. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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How well do infants recover from tonsils and adenoids surgery?

How well do infants recover from tonsils and adenoids surgery?

Infants?: Tonsil and adenoid surgery is rarely indicated in infants, unless the tonsils are so large that they cause a serious sleep disorder. Therefore, most children do not have a need for tonsil and adenoid surgery until about 3 years of age. These children do very well after surgery and require about 10 to 14 days of recovery. Indications for surgery need to be discussed with an ENT surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the process of getting your tonsils and adenoids removed for a 3 year old. Would she have to miss daycare after the surgery? How long?

What is the process of getting your tonsils and adenoids removed for a 3 year old. Would she have to miss daycare after the surgery? How long?

Depends: Generally 1 week, if there are no complications and she is drinking and eating well. Most complications, such as bleeding and infection should be low risk by that time. I hope she does well. All the best. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old son is going to take out his tonsils n adnoids. Please tell me the risk of surgery n everything I should know. He suffer from sleep apnea.

My 2 yr old son is going to take out his tonsils n adnoids. Please tell me the risk of surgery n everything I should know. He suffer from sleep apnea.

Consult surgeon: Your son's surgeon should be able to go over the surgical risks with you better that I could, and whether this could help his apnea which is unusual at such a early age! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my tonsils removed, my adenoids removed and a septoplasty all done in one operation?

What do you suggest if my tonsils removed, my adenoids removed and a septoplasty all done in one operation?

Probably: Probably. Assuming you are doing this procedure for obstructive sleep apnea. Follow the recommendations of your ENT surgeon. Overnight stay should be required. ...Read more

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My son went adenoid & tonsil operation wen 4 (now 6). Now he is feeling same symptoms as breathlessness. Please suggest what should I do.?

My son went adenoid & tonsil operation wen 4 (now 6). Now he is feeling same symptoms as breathlessness. Please suggest what should I do.?

See Doctor: Please take your son back to your doctor for a checkup. A consultation with an otolaryngologist may also be helpful to determine a diagnosis.

Good luck. ...Read more

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What are good ways to relax before and after tonsil / adenoid surgery?

What are good ways to relax before and after tonsil / adenoid surgery?

Get the INFO: The best way is to get all the info you can about your surgery. Make sure you know what to expect, what to do before, and what to do after. Know how to get a hold of your doctor if there is a problem. This knowledge will give you that sense of calm. Otherwise, make sure you take your pain medicine every 4-6 hours as directed by your md. Even if you have to wake up from sleep to take it. ...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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Why do I feel miserable after tonsil, adenoid surgery?

Why do I feel miserable after tonsil, adenoid surgery?

Pain and dehydration: These are two thing that can make you feel miserable. Make sure you are taking the pain medication as directed every 4-6 hours and also make sure you taking in enough liquids. Dehydration can really make you feel miserable. ...Read more

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Surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old, can you tell me more about it?

Surgery to remove the adenoids and tonsils on a 17 month old, can you tell me more about it?

Some help: Really should speak with your surgeon. At that age, I am assuming that there is obstructed breathing. Surgery is done with general anesthesia. May require hospitalization. Risks include bleeding. ...Read more

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My 5 yr son is to enter next week to tonsil n adenoid remove surgery is it recommendable since he's had fever at least once per month since december?

No: What has been causing your child's fever? If he has had other symptoms besides those referable to the throat area (such as runny nose, cough, GI symptoms), then I would say for sure, "no." if it is only sore throats, then the answer would be "maybe.". ...Read more

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Any remedy for adenoids n tonsils for 7 yr old except surgery

Depends on cause: If it is chronic infections, then one can treat with antibiotics for each infection. If there is repeated infections, then one can continue to treat with antibiotics or surgery.
If it is due to airway blockage, many will try nasal steroid sprays, and anti-allergy medication to decrease the size of the tonsils and adenoids. If that is not effective, then typically surgery is recommended. ...Read more

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Can I be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my adenoids?

Can I be on a latent TB treatment and go in for surgery to remove my tonsils and possibly my adenoids?

Yes: Latent TB is not a clinical or obvious illness. So you are not contagious...Therefore surgery on your tonsils/adenoids should not be any problem if you are otherwise healthy and fit. ...Read more

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My daughter is having surgery to have tonsils and adenoids removed on thursday august 8 I'm worried what should I expect?

Strep-like pain: The surgery only lasts 30-40 minutes in most cases and she will be asleep for any painful part. Most go home the same day. You will have to constantly be encouraging her to drink to stay hydrated- she should pee 4-5x a day. The pain is similar to a strep and she will likely receive prescription pain medicine of some sort. There will be a lot of mucous and bad breath for 1-2 weeks. Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I have tonsils and adenoids out along with sinus surgery?

Should I have tonsils and adenoids out along with sinus surgery?

Depends: If your ear nose and throat doctor has recommended tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy as well as sinus surgery then that is a reason to have them out at the same time. If they are not bothering you at all then there's no reason to have them operated on. I routinely combine tonsil and nasal surgeries all the time without any difficulty. It's more cost-effective and better to have only one anesthesia. ...Read more

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Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

Does having apnea of prematurity require surgery to remove tonsils or adenoids?

No: Apnea of prematurity is primarily caused by an immature respiratory center in the brain, and not an anatomic obstruction, so removing tissue like tonsils or adenoids is not indicated. True apnea of prematurity will resolve over time without any treatment. ...Read more

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He had his tonsils and adenoids removed on Tuesday August 15th. The taste seems to just start today, but swallowing has been a problem sine day after surgery.?

He had his tonsils and adenoids removed on Tuesday August 15th. The taste seems to just start today, but swallowing has been a problem sine day after surgery.?

Tonsils: Taste will normally return with 10-14 days. Swallowing should get better by the day. Keep to liquids, soft foods, . No mouthwashes. No spicy foods for 2-3 weeks. Can use anesthetic lozenges, e.g. cyclone. Can get some prednisone if swallowing function is overly affected, decreases swelling and inflammation. ...Read more

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Will the tonsil and adenoid surgery be done if a child has a cold but no fever?

Uri: Whether or not to proceed with surgery will be the judgment of the anesthesiologist. Upper respiratory infections are very common in patients presenting for tonsil surgery. It is likely the the surgery will proceed if the patient does not have other systemic or pulmonary symptoms. ...Read more

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Son can not breathe through nose which is always congested. Tonsils and a adenoids are large and surgery has been recommended. Is this the only way?

See below: Discuss this with your ent. Some decrease in the size of tonsils and adenoids can be expected with growing older. Some of the size increase can be treated with nasal steroids. If there is alteration of sleep cycles, or behavioral problems then surgery may be the best option. ...Read more

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My daughter had surgery 9 days ago to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and just recently in the past 4 Nights she has been waking up screaming?

My daughter had surgery 9 days ago to have her tonsils and adenoids removed and just recently in the past 4 Nights she has been waking up screaming?

Tonsillectomy: Very normal. The pain isn't as bad the first few days as it is a good 5-10 days after surgery. Hopefully your ENT gave her pain meds to try to help her combat the pain. ...Read more

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Mastoidectomy (sp)in06.Relief to years of painful/chronic ear pain, multiple surgeries, adenoids, tonsils etc. Puss behind eardrum now. Could need surgery?

Mastoidectomy (sp)in06.Relief to years of painful/chronic ear pain, multiple surgeries, adenoids, tonsils etc. Puss behind eardrum now. Could need surgery?

ENT/workup: The infected material can be drained and a tube placed by your ENT surgeon. Since you have had so many ear and sinus infections, an evaluation for ciliary (small hairs that help prevent infection by removing debris) defects can be performed by the ENT surgeon. In addition, if you have had recurrent pneumonias, a CF sweat test can be performed to rule out CF. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has enlarged tonsils and adnoids. What should we do for her to avoid surgery?

Just say no: There is no automatic need for surgery with large tonsils. Tonsils and adenoids grow faster than kids do until about 8 yr, then they stop ant kids continue, making them relatively smaller. If a kid has too many infections, is constantly ill, has sleep apnea as a 4 yo it does improve life and may be the best answer. There is no home remedy that will change the outcome. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter has enlarged tonsils and adnoids. What should we do for her to avoid surgery?

See below: Talk to the ENT surgeon. Sometimes the excess tissue of the adenoids and tonsils can be shrunk by a course of nasal steroids and/or decongestants. The ENT can help you decide if the symptoms that your daughter is experiencing needs surgery. For example, has the sleep pattern been disturbed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

Is 1st approach to treat enlarge adenoid in kids is surgery? 3yrs old never had ear infection, snoring, or breath thru mouth. Has gred since birth.

No--try decongestant: If there are no symptoms at all---no ear infections, no snoring the first approach to enlarged adenoids is not surgery.Adenoids can shrink with age if not infected. ...Read more

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Does the tonsil surgery have any side effects and how long recover from the bleed, is my voice going to changefor good?

Does the tonsil surgery have any side effects and how long recover from the bleed, is my voice going to changefor good?

Rarely: Long term side effects for tonsillectomy are rare. They include voice changes, food form mouth into nose when eating known as velopharyngeal incompetency (1/350, 000 tonsillectomies)
recover is 10-14 days for bleeding in an otherwise healthy patient. ...Read more

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Is getting ur tonsils removed painful or a serious surgery and how long is it to recover? Thank you so much for your time!

Is getting ur tonsils removed painful or a serious surgery and how long is it to recover? Thank you so much for your time!

Tonsilectomy: Any surgery is serious, but this is minimal in the correct hands. Normally you should be back to full activity within a few days. ...Read more

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How long will it take for the horrible taste in your mouth to be gone after tonsil surgery?

How long will it take for the horrible taste in your mouth to be gone after tonsil surgery?

Post Op duration.: Depending on the extent of your surgery, usually the "bad" taste comes from a difficult hygiene.
Make sure you brush your tongue.
It may last up to 3 to 4 wks as healing comes. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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