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Dr. Alan Patterson
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Bleeding (Definition)

Bleeding is a term describing the loss of blood. It can occur inside the body due to damage to blood vessels or organs or outside the body during menstruation or when there is a ...Read more


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Hello docs. I was wondering can wine cause bleeding after tonsillectomy?

Hello docs. I was wondering can wine cause bleeding after tonsillectomy?

Alcohol causes ..: Peripheral vasodilation, ie increase blood flow. It makes intuitive sense that this could increase blood flow should bleeding occur. I have not seen a study demonstrating that. I recommend my patients not to drink alcohol until they are healed. It would be a nice study to survey all adults who have had tonsillectomies and compare post op bleed rates with consumption of etoh vs non-consumption. ...Read more

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How do you know if you're bleeding after tonsillectomy? Will I spit out blood?

How do you know if you're bleeding after tonsillectomy? Will I spit out blood?

Visable bleeding: Blood is an emetic (makes you vomit). Bleeding after tonsillectomy usually occurs 7-10 days after the surgery. If bleeding occurs you will spit out clots, bright red blood, or vomit blood. If this occurs see your surgeon or ER immediately. Remember stick to a soft cool diet and hydration to minimize risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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How can my surgeon prevent severe post surgery bleeding from tonsillectomy? Is it based upon how well he cauterizes?

How can my surgeon prevent severe post surgery bleeding from tonsillectomy? Is it based upon how well he cauterizes?

Partly: Taking a good history to make sure you are not an easy bleeder and reviewing your meds to make sure none of them interfere with clotting is a good start. All bleeding should be controlled in the OR. A common time for bleeding to occur is when the scabs separate and your surgeon can't control that. He will be available though to help manage the bleeding and recauterizing the area. All the best. ...Read more

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How long after a tonsillectomy am i at risk of bleeding?

5-10 days usually: For most people, the risk of bleeding after tonsillectomy is over about 10 days after the surgery, 14 days at the outside. It is possible but unlikely to have problems after that. ...Read more

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If you still have scabs from a tonsillectomy after 15 days, is there still a risk of bleeding?

If you still have scabs from a tonsillectomy after 15 days, is there still a risk of bleeding?

Yes, but: I have seen a rare patient bleed over 2 weeks following a tonsillectomy. That, again, is rare. If you still are not healed and have scans it's a good idea not to be too aggressive with hard foods. ...Read more

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15, having a tonsillectomy and adenoidsectomy, what should i expect? Especially worried about scabs and bleeding!!!!

15, having a tonsillectomy and adenoidsectomy, what should i expect? Especially worried about scabs and bleeding!!!!

No Bleeding is rare: If your surgery is indicated , is a our patient low risk procedure , yes any wound scab will form ,rare occasions bleeding can occur. Speak to you doctor about bebifts and risks. ...Read more

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12 days after my tonsillectomy and I can't stop coughing. I think I have bronchitis. Will this cause bleeding or complications?

12 days after my tonsillectomy and I can't stop coughing. I think I have bronchitis. Will this cause bleeding or complications?

DeepThroatInTrouble: It's possible that any explosive action could loosen some blood vessels in the area where the tonsils used to be. At twelve days it's much less likely than at, say, 3 or 4 days, but still possible. Take a good look and make sure it hasn't been oozing. That may be the cause of the cough. In your situation, though, you need a good cough medicine to ease your miserable rehab. Maybe an antibiotic. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

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