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How long will it be after my tonsillectomy until I can eat real food?

How long will it be after my tonsillectomy until I can eat real food?

Depends: Every ENT doctor has a different answer. Some let people eat real food right away. I tell my patients to avoid foods and drinks that are hot, hard, spicy or acidic for 2 weeks. I like my patients to stay away from anything that can scratch, burn or irritate their throats while healing. No chips, fries, tomatoes, coffee, tea, lemon orange etc. Best for you to ask your doctor his/her preference. Read more

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How long before I can eat regular foods after tonsillectomy?

How long before I can eat regular foods after tonsillectomy?

Any time 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

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When can toddler eat solid food after tonsillectomy?

When can toddler eat solid food after tonsillectomy?

8-10 days.: The critical period for healing after a tonsillectomy in the toddler age group is about 8-10 days. I believe solid food in very small pieces can be eaten at any time. But popsicles, milkshakes, custard, jello, gator aid are my recommendations for the first 10 days. A high carbohydrate, high protein and low fat diet is my recommendation for the first 8-10 days. Read more

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I can't eat solid/semi-solid food 12 days after tonsillectomy & adenectomy, what to do?

Wait it out: Popsicles, soup, and cold items to let swelling dissipate! Adult tonsillectomy is a real operation!! Read more

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How long before I can eat semi-solid foods after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

How long before I can eat semi-solid foods after a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Following Day OK: The day after t&a you can eat cold, moist, soft foods (cereal, youghurt, pudding, etc). The 2nd day add egg and other soft food. Gradually advance your diet as you are comfortable. Read more

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I am due a Tonsillectomy soon what's the best after care advice, i.e only eat certain foods, reducing swelling, reducing infection etc?

I am due a Tonsillectomy soon what's the best after care advice, i.e only eat certain foods, reducing swelling, reducing infection etc?

Cold liquids at 1st: Expect to use your pain medication - it helps. Ice cold liquids at 1st - slowly add ice cold Ensure. After about a week the cold may hurt the new tissue, so tepid clear broth, etc. No acidic, spicy or textured for awhile. Antisceptic gargle and saline gargle. Be patient. Rest, Don't talk - not even silently in your head if possible. It should be a lot better after 2 weeks. Prepare lots of support. Read more

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Just finished recovering from tonsillectomy (13 days ago). Only had soft foods & Now I have the flu & can't eat. How can I get nutrition?

Just finished recovering from tonsillectomy (13 days ago). Only had soft foods & Now I have the flu & can't eat. How can I get nutrition?

Flu: It is important to stay hydrated. Get some Gatorade or Powerade and sip a little at a time. A milkshake with some egg white protein (pasteurized eggs) will help. Read more

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I just had tonsillectomy, if I eat solid food it is definitely going to get stuck in the holes where tonsils used to be again. Should I still eat solid?

I just had tonsillectomy, if I eat solid food it is definitely going to get stuck in the holes where tonsils used to be again. Should I still eat solid?

Yes eat solids: The food will not get stuck in the craters where the tonsils were. The white area that you see in the tonsil area and black area will be the scabs of the open wound healing. Eating soft solid food, will improve the healing process and keep the scabs from getting too large which will then prevent bleeding. Take your Tylenol (acetaminophen) and don't give into the pain. You should heal in 14 to 20 days. Good luck! Read more

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I wanted to know when can I eat real food after having wisdom teeth removed?

I wanted to know when can I eat real food after having wisdom teeth removed?

No waiting: You can eat 'real' food anytime now. Just be careful with sharp foods, such as chips. Try and eat healthy, nutritious food to get the nourishment to aid healing. Read more

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I just got one of my top molars extracted Monday. I have been eating soft foods. It is now Thursday, when can I eat real food?

I just got one of my top molars extracted Monday. I have been eating soft foods. It is now Thursday, when can I eat real food?

No set time.: Take it easy and start with food that is not likely to cut your tender new skin. Mostly chew on your other side and think about your tongue moving chewed food to the affected side. You will build up confidence if there is no pain or bleeding. An 18 yo healthy, well nourished, non smoker should heal pretty fast. I encourage everybody with wound healing issues to not smoke.: http://www. Awma. Com. Au/journal/1403_01.pdf Read more

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Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

Tonsillectomy, how long until you can have red foods?

There is no..: Contraindication to eating red foods after tonsillectomy. This prohibition was started because of a concern that a patient may not be able to tell red jell-o or liquids from blood when it's thrown back up. I think there's too much hype on this and personally allow my patients who are adults or older children to eat and drink any color food they want. Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy and needless to say I got food stuck in the leftover gaping holes, how can I remove debris and how quickly will these holes seal?

I had a tonsillectomy and needless to say I got food stuck in the leftover gaping holes, how can I remove debris and how quickly will these holes seal?

Food stuck: Gargling may help but if it is firmly trapped it will have to be picked out. It may be something you should review with your surgery doctor. Modifying your diet may avoid food particles until the areas close in. All the best. Read more

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What foods do adults get after having a tonsillectomy?

What foods do adults get after having a tonsillectomy?

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

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How long does my child have to be on a "soft food diet" after a tonsillectomy?

How long does my child have to be on a "soft food diet" after a tonsillectomy?

Ask the Surgeon: It really depends upon the surgery and results. Best answered by the surgeon. Read more

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Can you suggest foods after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Can you suggest foods after tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy?

Think soft and bland: The texture of the food should be soft after tonsil surgery. Warm or cold temperature is generally fine, and depends on patient preference. Avoid anything carbonated, acidic, spicy, or very salty as these types of food often make the pain worse. If you can't eat, just maintain hydration with plenty of fluids until eating becomes more comfortable. Read more

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I had a tonsillectomy, food likes to get caught in the leftover pockets, what would happen if they were to seal up with food debris still in there?

I had a tonsillectomy, food likes to get caught in the leftover pockets, what would happen if they were to seal up with food debris still in there?

Normal healing: To answer your question your pharynx will heal normally and you will not collect food in the area. You need to drink more liquids when you are eating. I have performed over 600 tonsillectomies and I've never had a problem with food getting stuck permanently. Good luck Read more

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