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Tonsillectomy Influencing Thyroid
Tonsillectomy postop: Adult recovery from tonsillectomy ranges from 1-2 weeks. Recovery depends on tonsillectomy technique, pain tolerance, underlying health issues and reason for tonsillectomy. It is important to follow your surgeon's recommendations as to diet, activity and medications during the post operative course. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Be careful: After tonsillectomy, there is a risk of bleeding, so you must be careful regarding your diet. Start with liquids and progress to soft foods - foods that do not require chewing such as oatmeal, mashed potatoes, etc. Your ENT surgeon should have a list of things that you can eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually 10 days: I like my patients to avoid any strenuous activity that could result in raising their blood pressure and cause bleeding. Light exercise is ok (for my patients) after 10 days with heavier work outs at about 17 days. Most ENT doctors will vary somewhat on these recommendations. It is always best to ask your ENT as they would be the one who would have to deal with any complications you might have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not a fun time: Tonsillectomy can be a challenge for kids to recover from, and is even worse in adults. The patient will experience strep-throat-like pain (and also referred ear pain) with trouble eating for between 1 and 4 weeks-- a guesstimate of 1-2 weeks for under 12, 2 weeks for 13-20, 3 weeks for 21-31, 4 weeks for over 30. While it sucks, most don't regret it after it's done. Good luck! ...Read more
Same as kids: If you've had your tonsils completely out, you have a raw surface in your mouth. We tell people to eat a soft diet with minimal chewing so that there is less risk of encouraging bleeding from the raw muscle in the back of the throat. Concentrate on making sure you get enough fluids since that's way more important in the beginning. Also, don't forget your pain medication! ...Read more
Do you recommend tonsillectomy vs. coblation? Is the latter successful with a less invasive approach? Do most insurances cover either?
The coblation way: is still a removal of the tonsil, but uses radio frequency and saline instead of surgical steel. It has a track record of being easier to recover from. One center claims children who have it on Friday can be back in school on Monday. it's best to discuss the options with your surgeon. Not every doctor is going to offer coblation tonsillectomy. ...Read more
What's the recovery like after a tonsillectomy? How long does it usually take to heal after a tonsillectomy?
Not fun: The recovery after tonsillectomy is quite painful. Most surgeons prescribe narcotic pain medicine, and the average patient takes it for 4-6 days. By 7-10 days most patients are able to resume normal diet. The other worrisome risk is bleeding from the tonsillectomy sites, generally occurs in 2-3% of cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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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