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Pros And Cons Of Tonsillectomy In Children
Hard to say.: In my experience, both adults and children typically have a rough time, although it is true that more children than adults do well. A personal theory is that the larger raw areas typically present in adult throats after tonsillectomy make the surgery more painful. Pain medication dosing may also be inaccurate for adults, as similar doses are often prescribed for a 110 lb woman and a 220 lb man. ...Read more
11 days postop tonsillectomy, I am 55. How many tsp of. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) can I take?
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. Consider alternating tylenol (acetaminophen) 500 mg and Motrin 400 mg every 4 hours. Or call your ent. ...Read more
Is it normal to not be prescribed prescription pain meds after tonsillectomy? Was told to give my son childrens Tylenol (acetaminophen) and its not helping
Pain control Rx: Is normal after surgery, but for many children, Tylenol (acetaminophen) is sufficient to manage discomfort after T/A. Be sure dose is correct for weight. If bleeding is well controlled, your child may benefit from adding ibuprofen as well, which can be given every 6-8 hours. Pain relief Tylenol (acetaminophen)+ibuprofen is comparable to oral doses of Tylenol (acetaminophen).+hydrocodone and is tolerated better. Call your child's surgeon. ...Read more
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
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 more
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 more
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
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 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
A week: It depends on what you are doing, but it will take about a week to recover from a tonsillectomy. ...Read more
BLEEDING AND: Infection are the most common complications.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
Same as kids: If you've had your tonsils completely out, you have a raw surface in your mouth. We tell people to eat a soft diet with minimal chewing so that there is less risk of encouraging bleeding from the raw muscle in the back of the throat. Concentrate on making sure you get enough fluids since that's way more important in the beginning. Also, don't forget your pain medication! ...Read more
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