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2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

2.5 year old had his tonsil and adenoid removed yesterday due to sleep apnea. He still snores and gasps forair like before. Is this normal or will it get better?

May get better: As he just had his surgery yesterday, there is continued swelling in his throat at this point that could lead to continued obstruction with sleep. It may get better. There also is a chance that the surgery would not solve the apnea. Only a time will tell... ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Rickert
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Adenoids (Definition)

Adenoids are lymphatic tissue found in the airway behind the nose in the back of the throat. Adenoids are made up of the same type of tissue as the tonsils. Both help fight infections. However, unlike the tonsils, they cannot be seen by looking in the throat. Adenoids are found in children and begin to regress before puberty. In children, enlarged adenoids can cause obstruction of the nasal airway leading to difficulty breathing, breathing through the mouth, nasally voice, ...Read more


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When should a child have their tonsils/adenoids removed?

When should a child have their tonsils/adenoids removed?

Tonsil/adenoids: If your child has frequent throat infections (more then 7 in one year, 5 in two years), is having sleep problems because of the tonsils and adenoids, or has other problems (like cleft palate) that might benefit from removal. Here are the guidelines for removal by the head and neck surgery group: http://www. Entnet. Org/healthinformation/upload/cpg-tonsillectomyinchildren. Pdf. ...Read more

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My 4yr may have his adenoids/tonsils removed. What is the procedure?

My 4yr may have his adenoids/tonsils removed. What is the procedure?

Adenotonsillectomy: Adenotonsillectomy is most often done to relieve upper airway obstruction and its complication, e.g., obstructive sleep apnea. ...Read more

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What can be expected for recovery for a 4 year getting tonsils/adenoids removed?

Rapid recovery: Young children post tonsillectomy should be seeing daily improvements with regards to oropharyngeal pain and generalized post surgical malaise. His surgeon will give you specifics about eating and drinking hot and cold foods but using anti inflammatory drugs like Motrin will be helpful. Full recovery is expected in weeks. Make sure you keep follow up appointments with the ent. ...Read more

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Our son had his tonsils & adenoids removed on 4-11-13, what foods could he eat today that would be safe?

Our son had his tonsils & adenoids removed on 4-11-13, what foods could he eat today that would be safe?

Soft foods: 3-4 days post-op, he should be able to have soft foods in most cases (apple sauce, ice-cream, jello, etc.) until he has his follow-up appt. With the surgeon, who can evaluate his progress and make further recommendations to increase the diet. ...Read more

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Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am I allowed to eat?

Just had my tonsils and adenoids removed. What food am I allowed to eat?

Whatever you can: Tolerate. For first few days, swallowing will be hard. Cold liquids feel better. Popsicles are classics. Also jello. Cold ensure (even in a shake or smoothie) will be better nutrition. Then try soft puréed foods (applesauce, soups). In 5-7 days you should be able to swallow more solid food if chewed well. I tried pepperoni pizza at day 4-didn't feel very good, but got better after that. ...Read more

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What to do if I want to have my tonsils and/or adenoids removed privately?

What to do if I want to have my tonsils and/or adenoids removed privately?

Private Tonsillectomy: I would have your tonsils and adenoids evaluated by an ear, nose, and throat specialist. If they feel that they need to be removed this can be done privately in an outpatient setting. Occasionally it's required to have an inpatient stay for more complex procedures. ...Read more

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What functions do the tonsils and adenoids have in the body? Why is it so often removed when you are a kid?

What functions do the tonsils and adenoids have in the body? Why is it so often removed when you are a kid?

Tonsils: Tonsils and adnoids are lymphoid tisse that serve as filters, thereby helping to prevent infection deeper in the chest. They are removed for a variety of reasons which include sleep apnea or chronic infections. ...Read more

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Would it be a good idea for my child to get his tonsils removed at the same time he gets his adenoid removed?

Can be done if indic: I t can be done if there is indication for tonsilectomy. So it depends on the surgeon. Discuss with the surgeon. Many times there is no indication and need for tonsilectomy and tonsils are not removed. ...Read more

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I'm a singer and probably getting my tonsils removed soon. I'm wondering if I should get my adenoids removed as well?

I'm a singer and probably getting my tonsils removed soon. I'm wondering if I should get my adenoids removed as well?

Adenoids?: Your surgeon should be able to evaluate your adenoids with a nasopharyngoscope. In your age group the adenoids are not removed routinely during a tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Had my tonsils and adenoids removed 2 months ago. I see what looks like a growth right where tonsils used to be. Is it possible they are growing back?

Unlikely: Unlikely but possible. Most likely what you're seeing is some scar tissue or at the side of the surgery. If concern, please see your ENT surgeon for evaluation. Hope this answer was helpful. Best of luck. Dr. R ...Read more

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Can I get my tonsils and adenoids removed if I have a bad cold?

No: Most anesthesiologists will not put you to sleep if you have a really bad cold. It is safer to wait 7-10 days for the cold to resolve. ...Read more

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Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Is it okay to go to six flags after getting tonsils and adenoids removed?

Tonsillectomy Rest: After tonsillectomy, most individuals experience a severe sore throat for five - ten days. Activity should be limited to decrease the risk of bleeding for ten - fourteen days. If you can go to "six flags" and take it easy - no running, no heaving lifting, and keep your heart rate below 90 beat per minute -- have at it. Otherwise, rest for two weeks. ...Read more

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I'm a singer and I'm wondering if getting my adenoids removed along with my tonsils will change my sound.

Improve it: If you need your tonsils and adenoids removed, if anything the surgery will enlarge your bucco-pharyngeal resonator and if anything improve your resonance. As a professional singer and ENT surgeon, I can assure you that if the surgeon does a good job, you do not have to worry about your voice quality. Just make sure you really need these structures removed. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my tonsils removed, my adenoids removed and a septoplasty all done in one operation?

What do you suggest if my tonsils removed, my adenoids removed and a septoplasty all done in one operation?

Probably: Probably. Assuming you are doing this procedure for obstructive sleep apnea. Follow the recommendations of your ENT surgeon. Overnight stay should be required. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more


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