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

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Dr. David Astrachan
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Each person is different.
I have seen some post operative tonsil patients eating the following day and others still having difficulty at 3 weeks. The average is 5-7 days.

In brief: Depends

Each person is different.
I have seen some post operative tonsil patients eating the following day and others still having difficulty at 3 weeks. The average is 5-7 days.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 4 weeks

I tell all my patients to wait 4 full weeks.
Sounds draconian, some ents will say only 2 or 3, but in my opinion better safe than sorry. 4 weeks.

In brief: 4 weeks

I tell all my patients to wait 4 full weeks.
Sounds draconian, some ents will say only 2 or 3, but in my opinion better safe than sorry. 4 weeks.
Dr. Rodney Diaz
Dr. Rodney Diaz
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1 comment
Dr. Patrick Melder
It does vary... I lean towards 2 weeks.... Just opinion..your mouth will tell when when it's ok.
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