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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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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
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
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?
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?
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
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