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What Is Tonsillectomy Recovery Like For A Teenager
Depends: Recovery can be different depending on the type of tonsillectomy. Partial intracapsular tonsillectomy seems to have less pain and a lower rate of post op bleeding than traditional total tonsillectomy. In general keeping hydrated helps, as does the use of post op steroids. They should be feeling better by 1 week give or take a few days. Aspirin rinses can also be helpful in reducing pain. ...Read more
1 to 2 Weeks: Average 10 days, when it is all said and done. ...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 more
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 more
Expect two peaks: The first two days aren't too bad. The worst days are the second and third after the procedure as swelling peaks. It then improves gradually but there is often a second peak on 4-6 days postop as the scabs on the tonsillectomy sites shed. Pain may also depend on surgical technique. Be generous with pain meds such as narcotics and advil, (ibuprofen) topical Lidocaine can help. Should be back fully at 2 wk. ...Read more
Difficult swallowing for a couple of weeks.
Occasional bleeding until fully healed.
Love Popsicles and ice cream! ...Read more
Tonsillectomy pain: It can be everyone is different. The better hydrated you keep yourself the less pain you will have. It generally takes about a week to recover. Unfortunately the painless tonsillectomy does not exist. ...Read more
Since yesterday (day 5) of my tonsillectomy recovery every time I start to eat something I throw up, what do I do?
On the 7th morning of my tonsillectomy recovery im getting my remicade (infliximab) treatment, will the recovery get harder?
Infliximab & Tonsils: At 7 days you are probably about to turn the corner in your recovery. Not sure why you are on infliximab, but b/c it is an immunosuppressant, you should make sure that your ENT & your primary doctor are collaborating on the timing of this. More frequent follow up may be warranted during recovery on a med like this. At facevalue prob won't make recovery any "harder" barring set-backs u would notice. ...Read more
I'm on day 6 of recovery from tonsillectomy. I cough up some pieces of scab last night. Should I be eating foods to help the scabs fall off?
Normal: Normal. Just eat normally. It will heal without any special dietary regimen. ...Read more
Hello Doc What is the recovery time for Tonsillectomy? And what can I do as a parent to ensure the child recovers well? Kind regards Bhadi
Depends on procedure:
Used. Tonsillectomy can be accomplished using blunt dissection of the tonsils or radiofrequency ablation (also called collation) The former carries a bit longer recovery time and greater risk for bleeding after the procedure. Coblation decreases complications, shortens recovery time and speeds up return to normal diet. https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pmc/articles/PMC3523437/ discuss with your ENT
Before the procedure maintain a calm and reassuring demeanor and play with your child. When being examined your child may become anxious - distract with bubbles, play or conversation. After, be there when your child awakens, smiling and telling him or her you are proud of them for having such courage and that all went well. Indulge any requests but do not give foods with sharp or harsh features that can scratch the site. Lots of popsicles will entertain and satisfy. When home, provide distracting fun and calm activities (a favorite movie, reading stories, drawing, coloring) Children recover very quickly and should be back to full activity in a week or less. Over the next few weeks you will see your child feel much better than before the procedure. ...Read more
Planned: Recovery takes 7-10 days & pain will interfere with sleep. Plan to take pain meds with a small amount of food & then go to sleep while they work (lasting 3-4 hrs). You may awaken naturally (pain return awakens you) or by setting an alarm & then take dose of pain meds, drink water as throat will likely be dry, & return to sleep. Use sleep hygiene measures to for better sleep. ...Read more
Tonsillectomy recovery day 7. Is there a way to speed up the tongue healing? Still having intense pain on tongue, worse than pain everywhere else.
Time: Unfortunately there is no way to speed up the healing process. At day seven pain should be substantially improved, so if you are having severe pain, you should see your surgeon. ...Read more
To prevent vomiting during surgery the patients are usually told not to eat or drink anything for at least 8 hours before surgery.
To prevent nausea after surgery, the anesthesiologist has a number of good medications that will will do just that.
Speak your concerns to your doc. ...Read more
What is the average recovery time for a tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy with septoplasty/turbinate reduction for a 19 year old female?
Recovery to what?: Major pain should disappear in a day or three; two to four weeks to complete healing. ...Read more
Day 6 of tonsillectomy recovery and no bowel movement. What can I take (in liquid form) to get things going?
Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide): Works for me.Get a more detailed answer ›
5 days since tonsillectomy/ adenoidectomy the right side of throat is hurting very bad ear pain, head pain, feeling sick. Is this normal for recovery?
Tonsillectomy postop: What you are suffering sounds like a very typically post-op course. You have to expect the worst sore throat of your life and it will likely last about 2 weeks. Head pain is probably from decreased fluid intake as a result of sore throat. Ear pain is referred pain from the tonsil beds to the ears and is an expected occurrence, although not everyone suffers this. Make sure you drink lots. ...Read more
Can I get cold po tonsillectomy? I read on few blogs that it's normal to feel like cold at 3 weeks
Yes: You can get a cold anytime whether you had a tonsillectomy or not. If you are feeling cold, this should have nothing to do with a tonsillectomy 3 weeks. ...Read more
Can I eat and suck on lozenge like strepsils after tonsillectomy? It has been 3 days since and the pain is so unbearable
Yes: You may take strepsils, and take a painkiller. ...Read more
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
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
Anything you want:
I tend to not restrict diet in any way. Some ents say to stick to a soft diet but that is more of an older way of thinking. If there was something more difficult with your surgery your doctor may give you specific instructions on what not to eat- obviously follow that.
Be sure to stay hydrated. Beyond that, hot, cold, dairy, bubbly, juice, bread, chicken, pizza, you name it... Chow down. ...Read more
Tonsillectomy: 30-45 minute surgical procedure under general anesthetic with a breathing tube in place. Through the mouth, the tonsils are removed, usually with a cautery pen without the need for knives or stitches. The surgery is easy to perform but the recovery, especially in adults, is not fun for 2-3 weeks because of a strep-throat-like sore throat. Best of luck. ...Read more
Pain: That is the most frequent issue in postoperative recovery despite modern techniques like coblation tonsillectomy, using radiofrequency energy. You will have trouble eating anything solid for at least a week. You will need to drink plenty of fluids and get creative with nutrition during recovery, taking sustacal or other similar supplements. You will get through it and it usually is worth it. ...Read more
Not a fun time: Tonsillectomy can be a challenge for kids to recover from, but it is even worse in adults. Anyone who tells you it will be easy is not being realistic. You will likely experience strep-throat-like pain (and also referred ear pain) for between 1 and 4 weeks-- figure on not being back to normal for 3-4 weeks. Not to scare you, as it really helps some, but it isn't walk in the park for adults. ...Read more
Irritation: The surgery caused local inflammation around the back of the throat, which is the likely cause of your cough. The suggestion would be cool soothing liquids to keep the surgical area moist, and NSAIDS to reduce inflammation. I would avoid using strong pain killers and steroids to reduce inflammation unless swelling post-surgically is severe. ...Read more
The bumps...: In the tonsil bed during the healing phase usually indicates healing tissue called granulation tissue. This usually occurs just after the light scab has dissolved and the pink mucous membrane is appearing you can also get some enlargement of scattered lymphoid tissue on the back of the throat which is reactive due to the healing process in the tonsil bed. ...Read more
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