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Tonsils And Adenoids Children And Teenagers
5-10 days.: It usually takes about a week to recover from t&a surgery, give or take a few days. ...Read more
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
Breathing/infecitons: Breathing issues due to large tonsils and adenoids are the biggest problem. Snoring/sleep disturbed breathing and obstructive sleep apnea affect many people and tonsils and adenoids can be a big part of that. Chronic tonsil and adenoid infections can cause chronic throat infections that adversely affect a person's well-being as well. ...Read more
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
Painful: Tonsil and adenoid surgery is usually painful but in a way that i like to call " controllable pain". Medications work well to keep the pain bearable. You will need to eat soft foods and avoid strenuous activities for up to 2 weeks. Some techniques to remove the tonsils work better that others. Coblation and microdebrider tonsillectomy seems to cause less pain. I don't like cautery tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Depends: What kind of tips/advice are you asking for? Immediate postoperatively or in long term? In short term, avoid crunchy sharp foods as this can elicit postoperative bleeding. Long term, you should be okay. ...Read more
No hard/crunchy food: Check with your surgeon on his/her preferences. In general, ENT doctors recommend a strict soft diet for a full 2 weeks after surgery. That means nothing with hard or crunchy edges. It is possible you will only feel like having liquids for a few days after surgery before soft foods are more tolerable. Examples of soft foods include: oatmeal, applesauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pancakes, etc. ...Read more
No hard/crunchy food: Check with your surgeon, but most will recommend a strict soft diet for a full 2 weeks after surgery. That means nothing with hard or crunchy edges. This is not only to prevent discomfort, but also to decrease post-op bleeding risk. Examples of soft foods include: any liquids, oatmeal, applesauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pancakes, eggs, etc. ...Read more
What functions do the tonsils and adenoids have in the body? Why is it so often removed when you are a kid?
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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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
ENT doctor: See an ENT physician. They will be listed under otolaryngologist in the yellow pages. Or speak to your doctor, friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations. ...Read more
Taste and tonsils: generally speaking taste is the domain of the taste buds located on the posterior section of the tongue. Removal of tonsils and adenoids should not affect taste directly. However occasionally post operatively the taste buds are affected with symptoms of decreased sense of taste. It should resolve over the matter of weeks. If persistent I would follow up with your doctor. ...Read more
If an autistic child has their tonsils and adenoids removed could we see an improvements with development?
Can you get an endoscopy after you have had your tonsils and adenoids removed? If not how long do I have to wait?
My son had his tonsils and adenoids out 3 days ago. Any reason he shouldn't sit in hot tub? He's 6.
Yes: This soon after general anesthesia and surgery could still cause too significant of a drop in his blood pressure in a hot tub and cause him to get nauseous or even pass out. I'd make sure he's at least a week out and is very, very well hydrated before he goes back in there. He may still have too much anesthesia stored in fat cells and risk may be more than the benefits ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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