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Swimming After A Tonsillectomy
Tonsillectomy: Please ask your parents or your doctor. We don't know your age. ...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
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
Irritation: The surgery caused local inflammation around the back of the throat, which is the likely cause of your cough. The suggestion would be cool soothing liquids to keep the surgical area moist, and NSAIDS to reduce inflammation. I would avoid using strong pain killers and steroids to reduce inflammation unless swelling post-surgically is severe. ...Read more
The bumps...: In the tonsil bed during the healing phase usually indicates healing tissue called granulation tissue. This usually occurs just after the light scab has dissolved and the pink mucous membrane is appearing you can also get some enlargement of scattered lymphoid tissue on the back of the throat which is reactive due to the healing process in the tonsil bed. ...Read more
Sure...: Especially, if it's on you or your children. But, it is a fairly common and safe procedure, especially when done by a board certified ENT surgeon - even better if they're experienced. Your surgeon will discuss the risks, which, of course, there are some. Have your questions and concerns ready when you meet with your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more
10 days.: Some people feel that flying may increase the risk of a post-tonsillectomy bleed. I think the resitriction has more to do with the fact that you would rather be local to your surgeon if anything were to happen (bleeding) in the post-op period. ...Read more
Criteria for tonsillectomy includes one of the following:
1. Recurrent throat infections with documentation occuring 7 times per year, or at least 5 per 2 years or at least 3 per 3 years.
2. Recurrent throat infections with multiple antibiotic allergies, history of peritonsillar abscess.
3. Tonsil enlargement with presence of sleep disordered breathing.
4. Asymmetrical tonsil growth. ...Read more
These are two separate problems and are not related. Mastoidectomy today is usually performed for CHRONIC ear infection. This is not related to tonsillitis. Tonsillectomy is indicated for 3 reasons. 1.)
Recurrent acute tonsillitis at least 3-4 times a year, 2.) Obstruction of upper airway leading to a sleep disorder secondary to enlarged tonsils. and 3.) Fetid odor due to retained food. ...Read more
Post tonsillectomy: Hello, the red growths I believe that you are referring to are probably granulation tissue islands in the tonsillar fossas. These red areas are a normal part of healing. I always recommend confirming this with your surgeon. ...Read more
Talk to surgeon: This really should be discussed with your surgeon rather than looking for answers here. This is not an appropriate way to get the necessary information. Call your surgeon. ...Read more
I don't recommend it: Assuming you are talking about immediately postop.. . Alcohol can dilate the blood vessels in your tonsillar wound bed and this could increase the chance of postoperative bleeding. Also if you are taking narcotics for pain control, you should avoid any type of alcohol due to concerns for too much sedation. Smoking can inflame the lining of your throat and make your recovery more difficult. ...Read more
Depends: Recovery can be different depending on the type of tonsillectomy. Partial intracapsular tonsillectomy seems to have less pain and a lower rate of post op bleeding than traditional total tonsillectomy. In general keeping hydrated helps, as does the use of post op steroids. They should be feeling better by 1 week give or take a few days. Aspirin rinses can also be helpful in reducing pain. ...Read more
Maybe: I would certainly clear this with the docs involved or at least notify them that you did. They have all the meds needed to manage her lungs & airway during the procedure and should be aware of whatever condition she has that might benefit from a nebulized med. ...Read more
There are lote of reasons we recommend tonsillectomy:
*repeated infections, *commplicated infection, *asymmetry which is supicious for cancer, *enlargement that blocke breathing, speaking or swallowing, * bad breath and tonsil stones...
Knowing if it's right for a particular person depends on the conversation had with a physician. We have some guidelines to help decide. ...Read more
There is no..: Contraindication to eating red foods after tonsillectomy. This prohibition was started because of a concern that a patient may not be able to tell red jell-o or liquids from blood when it's thrown back up. I think there's too much hype on this and personally allow my patients who are adults or older children to eat and drink any color food they want. ...Read more
Chew thoroughly: If you chew each bite thoroughly and follow with sips of water, it should be fine. I prefer my patients to eat soft foods like yogurt, mashed potatoes, apple sauce, pudding, soups, broth, mac & cheese, scrambled eggs, noodles and oatmeal or nutrition supplement drinks like Ensure. Regular intake of liquids like popsicle, water, sherbet, sorbet, frozen yogurt, non-acidic fruit juice is important. ...Read more
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