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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical ...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 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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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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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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Had a tonsillectomy yesterday & I keep coughing. Is this okay?

Had a tonsillectomy yesterday & I keep coughing. Is this okay?

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

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What are post tonsillectomy bumps?

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

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Is a tonsillectomy a major surgery?

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

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Does tonsillectomy affect fertility?

Does tonsillectomy affect fertility?

No: I was asked this a lot in san diego by mexican families. Also I have been asked this by south american families. There is a misconception about this phenomenon in certain cultures, but no medical evidence to show any impact on fertility from tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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What are side effects of Tonsillectomy?

Pain: Usually there is significant throat pain and difficulty swallowing for several days after the surgery. Other than that, there are usually no other problems and as the area heals the pain and swelling subsides. ...Read more

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What is a tonsillectomy surgery used for?

What is a tonsillectomy surgery used for?

Sleep apnea.: New understanding of sleep, teeth, tongue position and throat has made tonsillectomy relevant in children and adults with sleep apnea...Especially those with large tonsils. ...Read more

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How soon after a tonsillectomy can you fly?

How soon after a tonsillectomy can you fly?

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

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Is a tonsillectomy considered major surgery?

Yes and no: Surgery should never be taken lightly. Any surgery that you have is major. Having said that, tonsillectomy is an operation that carries very low risk of serious complications. ...Read more

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Do tonsillectomies require urinary catheters?

Do tonsillectomies require urinary catheters?

No relation: Not at all, unless there are complication from the surgery. ...Read more

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Does tonsillectomy take away your taste buds?

Does tonsillectomy take away your taste buds?

No: Tonsil surgery does not take away your taste buds. Some people after tonsil surgery will have a transient alteration of taste. This usually recovers with tinture of time. ...Read more

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When is it a good idea to get a tonsillectomy?

When is it a good idea to get a tonsillectomy?

Tonsil guidelines: 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

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Is tonsillectomy required before mastoidectomy?

Absolutely not: 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

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Red growths 3 weeks after tonsillectomy normal?

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

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How can I treat severe pain from a tonsillectomy?

How can I treat severe pain from a tonsillectomy?

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

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Can having a tonsillectomy cause snoring problems?

Can having a tonsillectomy cause snoring problems?

Snorring: Usually tonsillectomy improves or cures snorring. Temporarily, swelling after surgery can cause snorring. ...Read more

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Can I still drink and smoke after a tonsillectomy?

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

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What is tonsillectomy recovery like for a teenager?

What is tonsillectomy recovery like for a teenager?

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

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How long until speaking normal after tonsillectomy?

How long until speaking normal after tonsillectomy?

Up to 6 weeks: The palate can be a bit stiff after a tonsillectomy and make the voice sound weird. This should be gone by 6 weeks after surgery. If it is not, go see your ENT doctor. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tonsillectomy while being adult?

Is it safe to get a tonsillectomy while being adult?

Safety: It is safe but with any major surgery, there are risks. 5% chance bleeding which can be severe. ...Read more

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Can I nebulise my daughter before her tonsillectomy?

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

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What are the criteria to get a tonsillectomy surgery?

Choices: 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

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Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

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

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Is plain fried rice okay to eat after a tonsillectomy?

Is plain fried rice okay to eat after a tonsillectomy?

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