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Is it normal to have a bad taste in the mouth after tonsillectomy?

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

In brief: Not usually

Sometimes the taste can be affected, hopefully short term, by the operation itself.
In order to expose the tonsils a device is used which pushes the tongue down. If the operation takes a long time this device can sometimes cause temporary damage to te tongue. Rarely this can last a long time with change in the sense of taste.

In brief: Not usually

Sometimes the taste can be affected, hopefully short term, by the operation itself.
In order to expose the tonsils a device is used which pushes the tongue down. If the operation takes a long time this device can sometimes cause temporary damage to te tongue. Rarely this can last a long time with change in the sense of taste.
Dr. David Astrachan
Dr. David Astrachan
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

It is common to have a bad taste in the mouth for several days to weeks following tonsil surgery.
Occasionally, the taste buds on the tongue can get "stunned" by the device that is used to hold the mouth open during tonsil surgery. If this happens, it can take several weeks to months for that temporary change to recover.

In brief: Yes

It is common to have a bad taste in the mouth for several days to weeks following tonsil surgery.
Occasionally, the taste buds on the tongue can get "stunned" by the device that is used to hold the mouth open during tonsil surgery. If this happens, it can take several weeks to months for that temporary change to recover.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

This should get better with time.
By 3-4 weeks postop, you should be feeling better.

In brief: Yes

This should get better with time.
By 3-4 weeks postop, you should be feeling better.
Dr. Rodney Diaz
Dr. Rodney Diaz
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