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Why is a tonsillectomy more complicated for adults than children?

Why is a tonsillectomy more complicated for adults than 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

Dr. Dale Tylor
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11 days postop tonsillectomy, I am 55. How many tsp of. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) can I take?

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

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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

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

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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

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

Yes: I have seen the Codeine have the effect of producing irritability in some kids. You may want to try tylenol (acetaminophen) without for a few doses to see if you get your kid back. ...Read more

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What happens during a tonsillectomy?

What happens during a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy basics: From Mayo Clinic: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/tests-procedures/tonsillectomy/basics/what-you-can-expect/prc-20019889

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When can I smoke after 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

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How can I prepare for a tonsillectomy?

How can I prepare for a tonsillectomy?

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

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What can I expect from a tonsillectomy?

Sore throat: Adults tolerate less well than kids, but sore throat and concern for bleeding.
Better techniques have reduced concerns and complications. ...Read more

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What to eat its day 3 of tonsillectomy?

What to eat its day 3 of tonsillectomy?

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

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7 days after tonsillectomy. Can I gargle??

Yes should be safe.: If you have any excessive pain or bleeding then you should stop. ...Read more

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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 quickly can they schedule a tonsillectomy?

Depends on: Your medical condition (and medical clearance) availability of facility and surgeon. Speak to your doctor ...Read more

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Can you tell me what occurs in a tonsillectomy?

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

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I'm curious what occurs during a tonsillectomy?

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

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Help please? How much does a tonsillectomy hurt?

Help please? How much does a tonsillectomy hurt?

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

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How horrible is a tonsillectomy for older adults?

How horrible is a tonsillectomy for older adults?

Not Horrible: It is a routine surgery with some rare complications like bleeding and infection
But it is not a horrible surgery ...Read more

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How bad does it hurt when you get a tonsillectomy?

How bad does it hurt when you get a tonsillectomy?

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

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What should I expect after an adult tonsillectomy?

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

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What should I expect when getting a tonsillectomy?

What should I expect when getting a tonsillectomy?

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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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 much is it to get a tonsillectomy with insurance?

How much is it to get a tonsillectomy with insurance?

Depends: It depends upon the hospital and your insurance. Hospitals and doctors charge different amounts for surgeries. Insurances cover different amounts. You need to talk to your hospital and your insurance company to get these answers. ...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

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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 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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What foods do adults get after having a tonsillectomy?

What foods do adults get after having a tonsillectomy?

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