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Snoring After Tonsillectomy And Adenoidectomy
3yr old son had is having difficulty breathing and snoring while sleeping after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 2 days ago. Is this normal.
What are the possible causes of snoring in a toddler who has a history of a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy 5 months ago?
What are the reasons for an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy in 5 year old with allergies, fluid in ears, snoring, and 3 episodes of facial swelling?
To treat ear fluid: Tonsils are lymph nodes (ln) at back of throat and adenoids are ln above the tonsils at the back of nose near the eustachian tube (et) opening. The et runs from middle ear to back of nose and if blocked by large adenoids the et can't equalize air pressure in middle ear leading to fluid and infection in middle ear. Large adenoids can block nose causing snoring. Facial swelling probably unrelated. ...Read more
Think soft and bland: The texture of the food should be soft after tonsil surgery. Warm or cold temperature is generally fine, and depends on patient preference. Avoid anything carbonated, acidic, spicy, or very salty as these types of food often make the pain worse. If you can't eat, just maintain hydration with plenty of fluids until eating becomes more comfortable. ...Read more
My toddler will not eat after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy because she says everything tastes horrible. Why is that? Is her taste buds damaged?
Tonsillectomy: Having your tonsils and adenoids removed is not a pleasant experience! A youngster is unfamiliar with the pain and discomfort that follows, and may simply be describing that as "food tasting horrible". I recommend that soft foods, non-acidic foods, ice pops, sherbet, and other soothing foods be included in her diet until she feels more "adventurous" and ready to return to her normal diet. ...Read more
Drooling: Many patients, especially children, after this surgery will avoid swallowing due to pain. Also, surgery will cause increased inflammation in the mouuth leading to more salivation. This will clear up after a few days. Do not take medicines to dry things up as these increase the risk iof bleeding. ...Read more
Same overall risks: The most significant risks for this surgery are anesthesia-related and bleeding. Whether one is 5 or 25, the risks are similar. Postoperative bleeding is slightly higher in adults than in children. Postoperative pain is usually greater in adults leading to a longer period of recovery. Age. ...Read more
Tonsillectomy: This is the removal of the tonsils nd adenoids. The procedure is generally done as an outpatient and takes around one week to recover. ...Read more
Depends: If you're otherwise healthy, jello and ice-cream on the next day. ...Read more
My son is only 3.5 years. He is diagnosed as adenoid hypertrophy, 4/5, snoring seriously, if its ok to do adenoidectomy on his age?
Fortunately complications of tonsillectomy are rare with good surgical technique, post operative pain control and medical care. On the other hand, sleep apnea from obstructive tonsils are problematic and cause poor sleep, among other complications. We always weigh the risk of the benefit with the risk of the procedure. Ask your surgeon questions before proceeding!
Not usually: Most adults feel poorly for 10-14 days after tonsillectomy and that is normal. The throat typically looks nasty during that period and a low grade fever often accompanies mild dehydration. Drinking lots of fluids will help, but until you are eating better, the recovery is slow. Force fluids and advance your diet to feel better. Sometimes gentle warm salt water gargling can help as well. ...Read more
How long after?:
How long ago did your son have his t&a surgery? Where is the mucus you are seeing?
It is not unusual to see cream to white colored material (fibrinous exudate) on the tongue, palate and back of throat for up to 2 weeks after tonsil surgery. Check with your son's surgeon to be sure there are no other issues. ...Read more
What could I expect from a tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy? Getting one in a week, and in starting to get nervous.
Adult T & A: Severe throat pain for 10-14 days, you'll need narcotic pain medication during that time. Stay home for 2 weeks. ...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.
Yes: It cools the throat and reduces the pain specially when you are eating. ...Read more
See below: Usually the first 24 hours aren't that bad. Here you can use whatever you can tolerate. I would suggest soft foods to start off with. The ice cream phase is what my daughter called it. Once you are past the initial phases it seems to get worse about day three. The patient really won't want to eat. Here I would just suggest trying liquids as tolerated. ...Read more
How many days after tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy will I stop feeling nauseous? I had surgery tuesday april 23, 2013. Around 11:30am
Pain medication: Likely the pain medication is playing a large role with the nausea you currently are experiencing. Many surgeons prescribe Lortab Elixir for their patients and this medicine is a combo of tylenol (acetaminophen) plus narcotic (hydrocodone). The medicine is likely making your nausea worse. Consider taking otc tylenol (acetaminophen) for you next scheduled dose. You could call your ENT for zofran odt which works great for nausea. ...Read more
Several things can: Sometimes the effects of anesthesia linger and cause nausea. If you are taking a narcotic pain medication or Ibuprofen this can upset the stomach (especially empty stomachs), and less commonly, if you are swallowing blood that is oozing, this can cause nausea. If you do have bleeding or vomit dark brown material, you should call your doctor right away. ...Read more
Adenotonsillectomy: The tonsils sit at the back of the mouth and the adenoids sit at the back of the nose in the throat. They are lymphoid tissue that have a minor role in the immune system. In situations of repeated infection or ongoing obstruction (causing breathing issues or sleep apnea), ENT surgeons may recommend removal of one or both of these. Adenoids tend to shrink away themselves by teenage years. ...Read more
Different places: Your tonsils and adenoids do the same thing, but your tonsis are at the back of your throat and your adenoids are at the back of your nasal passage. You can see your tonsils when you open your mouth at the back of your tounge. The procedure to remove them is similar, but the tissue is in these different locations. ...Read more
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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