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How Much Weight Will I Lose After Tonsillectomy
None: You only loose weight because you cannot eat full meal due to pain. ...Read more
I'm still snoring after tonsillectomy, my previous weight 86kg now reduce to 76kg. Is there any reason for snoring even after done 3 level surgeries.
Sleep apnea?: Have you had a formal sleep study? Has your ENT suggested c-pap or bi-pap? Has your ENT suggested a uvulectomy or reduction of excess posterior phayngeal tissue?: these can all contribute to ongoing snoring. You will laso need a pulmonary medical evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Expect BAD pain: This is one of the most painful surgeries to recover from, and anyone who tells you otherwise either 1) hasn't had it or 2) doesn't perform it. With that said, if you need it (recurrent strep or chronic sore throat or sleep apnea), after this recovery there can be a significant improvement in quality of life, making surgery worth it. It's easier to get over as a child (have less scar tissue). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much: Bleeding usually stops almost immediately after surgery. ...Read more
How much time after adult tonsillectomy will my taste come back. It's been three weeks, and I still can't taste anything.
Ask your doctor: At 18 y/o you should really consider not taking it up again. Smoking is a leading factor in heart attacks and the number one factor in lung cancers and copd. Being a cardiothoracic surgeon i unfortunately see the end stages of these diseases. Take this opportunity to stop. Breathing through a hole in your neck in a wheelchair with one leg on dialysis and in heart failure isn't fun or cool. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tonsillectomy: Prepare by having realistic expectations about your recovery. You well need to be out of work for 1-2 weeks minimum. Sore throat will be expected. Have lots of liquids particularly icy liquids as hydration is essential. Soft diet, and advance to regular as tolerated. Your doctor will likely prescribe pain medication if Tylenol/ibuprophen is not adequate. Expect low grad temps, bad breath. ...Read more
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
Tonsillectomy : 30-45 minute surgical procedure under general anesthetic with a breathing tube in place. Through the mouth, the tonsils are removed, usually with a cautery pen without the need for knives or stitches. The surgery is easy to perform but the recovery, especially in adults, is not fun for 2-3 weeks because of a strep-throat-like sore throat. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clarify question: You mean the surgery? The surgery involves removal.There are many tools used to remove the tonsils. Most important for mom is what happens after tonsillectomy. Make sure they are hydrated and ANY bleeding you need to call your doctor and likely will need to have another trip to the OR for cautery. It generally happens in 3 % ...Read more
It's manageable: Individual pain tolerance plays a role, certain surgical techniques hurt less than others. Pain isn't too bad the first 2 days then is worst days 2-3 postop, starts to decrease, sometimes increases 4-6 days postop as the scabs shed and is almost done at 10-14 days. Suggest narcotics, advil, (ibuprofen) and topical Lidocaine to get you through. ...Read more
Pain: That is the most frequent issue in postoperative recovery despite modern techniques like coblation tonsillectomy, using radiofrequency energy. You will have trouble eating anything solid for at least a week. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and get creative with nutrition during recovery, taking sustacal or other similar supplements. You will get through it and it usually is worth it. ...Read more
Not a fun time: Tonsillectomy can be a challenge for kids to recover from, but it is even worse in adults. Anyone who tells you it will be easy is not being realistic. You will likely experience strep-throat-like pain (and also referred ear pain) for between 1 and 4 weeks-- figure on not being back to normal for 3-4 weeks. Not to scare you, as it really helps some, but it isn't walk in the park for adults. ...Read more
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