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What is tonsillectomy recovery like for a teenager?

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

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Dr. Dale Tylor
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What's the recovery like after a tonsillectomy? How long does it usually take to heal after a tonsillectomy?

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

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How long is recovery from a tonsillectomy as an adult?

How long is recovery from a tonsillectomy as an adult?

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

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What can I expect after my tonsillectomy? Recovery? Anything to watch for?

Sore throat: difficult swallowing for a couple of weeks. Occasional bleeding until fully healed. Love Popsicles and ice cream! ...Read more

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I just wanted to know is the recovery process for a tonsillectomy that painful?

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

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How to deal with tonsillectomy pain & how long is the recovery?

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, topical Lidocaine can help. Should be back fully at 2 wk. ...Read more

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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.

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