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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Definition)

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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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I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy and on my scaring tissue there is a red slit and it looks like it might be bleeding alittle ?

I am on day 6 of my tonsillectomy and on my scaring tissue there is a red slit and it looks like it might be bleeding alittle ?

Tonsillectomy: Day 6 is a high risk time for post tonsillectomy bleeding. If you see any active bleeding it is important to consult your doctor. ...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

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How likely is it after a tonsillectomy to tear the sutures apart if they where placed to stop bleeding? Also is it normal to have bleeding afterwards?

How likely is it after a tonsillectomy to tear the sutures apart if they where placed to stop bleeding? Also is it normal to have bleeding afterwards?

Unlikely: Incidence of post tonsillectomy ( after removing tonsils ) is very low 0.6% Most of the time is oozing at tonsillar bed , rarely need re-operation to stop bleeding. Speak to your doctor and your fears ...Read more

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When is the risk of bleeding after an tonsillectomy @adenoids removed in a child,how quickly does a child need emergency intervention?

When is the risk of bleeding after an tonsillectomy @adenoids removed in a child,how quickly does a child need emergency intervention?

Roughly 5-10%: Most kids who have post-op bleeding following a T&A don't need emergency intervention. If the bleeding is brisk, causes the child to vomit, or is associated with symptoms such as dizzy/weak/light-headed, then go to ER. Otherwise, call surgeon when office opens today and talk to the surgeon who did the surgery. ...Read more

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I am having vaginal bleeding following my tonsillectomy 2 days ago. Is that ok?

I am having vaginal bleeding following my tonsillectomy 2 days ago. Is that ok?

Likely yes: It is very common to have either early or a somewhat changed menstrual cycle secondary to stress such as the stress from surgery. It is also possible that you may have received some medications that may have made it slightly more likely for you to bleed at least temporarily. Also unless the bleeding is severe it is unlikely that represents anything significant in the short experience you describe ...Read more

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Tonsillectomy 9 days ago. Scabs came if and caused bleeding. Tonsillar fossas are still white. More scabs, or just healing?

Tonsillectomy 9 days ago. Scabs came if and caused bleeding. Tonsillar fossas are still white. More scabs, or just healing?

Tonsillectomy: Unless your throat is looked at, we are going to hover over "possible, perhaps, maybe" zone. If you feel you are not improving the way you feel is right, it's time to be looked at. ...Read more

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Having a tonsillectomy on December 11. My doctor told me about the risks of bleeding afterwards & terrified me. I'm 19, should I be concerned?

Concerned: but not terrified. Any surgical procedure has risks. The overall risk of bleeding of tonsillectomy in adults is about 17%. Only about 1/4 of these are severe. Nevertheless modern surgical facilities are equipped to deal with these swiftly and effectively. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Talking a lot 2 days after tonsillectomy, will that increase risk of bleeding?

Talking a lot 2 days after tonsillectomy, will that increase risk of bleeding?

After tonsillectomy: Define talking. Yelling at a foot ball game definitely is a risk for bleeding 2 day after throat surgery. Answering yes i do when asked if you love someone will not ...Read more

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