How long does it take to recover from a tonsillectomy?
A tonsillectomy may also be necessary to treat breathing and other problems related to enlarged tonsils and to treat rare diseases of the tonsils. Recovery time for a tonsillectomy is usually at least 10 days to two weeks.
Can you talk after tonsil removal?
Your post-surgery pain may come and go. It may be worse on the 1st or 2nd day after surgery. Talk as little as possible, if it is painful. Take pain medicine as directed.
How painful is tonsil removal?
Your doctor did the surgery through your mouth. Most adults have a lot of throat pain for 1 to 2 weeks or longer. The pain may get worse before it gets better. The pain in your throat can also make your ears hurt.
Is getting your tonsils removed a major surgery?
A tonsillectomy is a common procedure that doctors use to treat chronic infections of the tonsils or other complications, such as breathing issues or snoring. The procedure is usually safe, but newer research suggests that tonsillectomies may have long-term, adverse effects on health.
How much weight do you lose after tonsillectomy?
Our study was able to determine that adults can expect to lose approximately 5 pounds/2.22 kg over the first 2 to 4 weeks following tonsillectomy and will regain this weight by 6 to 12 months postoperatively.
How should you sleep after tonsillectomy?
You may usually return to school or work within a week but avoid strenuous activity and sports for two weeks. Sleep with your head elevated on 2-3 pillows for 3-4 days to help decrease swelling. Due to tissue swelling and throat discomfort, you may have little desire to drink for several days.
Do you get sick more without tonsils?
People who have their tonsils are at an increased risk for more frequent cases of strep throat. This is especially true in children. Not having tonsils could decrease the chances that the bacteria will grow in the throat. Also, your symptoms may not be as severe if you don’t have tonsils.
Can you brush your teeth when you get your tonsils out?
Avoid irritating your throat
Check with your surgeon before using any mouthwash other than water or salt water. Do not brush your teeth for 8 to 10 hours. Continue to drink fluids from a cup or glass. Do not use a straw.
What to eat after getting tonsils out?
Try soft foods and cool drinks to ease throat pain, such as:
- Jell-O and pudding.
- Pasta, mashed potatoes, and cream of wheat.
- Low-fat ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and popsicles.
- Scrambled eggs.
- Cool soup.
- Water and juice.
Why can’t adults get their tonsils removed?
Recurrent tonsillitis not only occurs in children, but in adults too. Although surgery can prevent tonsillitis, it is associated with certain risks. The main one is bleeding after surgery. Inflammation of the palatine tonsils can lead to a sore throat and difficulty swallowing.
When should adults get tonsils out?
Chronic throat infection, which is the most common reason adults have their tonsils out. Adults who have the surgery typically have had several sore throats over the past 1 to 3 years or have had a sore throat and swollen tonsils caused by infection for at least 3 months.
Is it okay to swallow tonsil scabs?
The scabs usually fall off in small pieces. There may also be a small amount of bleeding. Most people swallow the scabs, often without realizing. Recovery from a tonsillectomy can take 10–14 days.
Are you awake during tonsil removal?
Tonsillectomies are performed under general anesthesia. You will be completely asleep and will not be able to feel pain during the procedure. To reduce the risk of vomiting with anesthesia, you will not be able to eat before surgery.
Does getting your tonsils removed change your voice?
Your child’s voice may change after the tonsillectomy and/or adenoidectomy. This voice change will be temporary and may last for one to three months.