Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Post-Operative Information

 

  • DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN, IBUPROFEN, ANY FORM OF ALCOHOL, ALKA SELTZER, APSERGUM OR ANY PRODUCTS CONTAINING ASPIRIN FOR 2 WEEKS PRIOR TO AND 2 WEEKS AFTER SURGERY.
  • Rest is generally recommended for the first week after surgery. The patient is allowed limited activity after that, but no active running, playing or swimming for 2 weeks. Patient will be seen by the doctor 7 to 10 days after surgery and will be cleared for school or work at that time. Adult patients should avoid any sexual activity for three weeks.
  • The only restrictions on diet are to avoid potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, crisp french fries or other foods with sharp edges. Citrus and spicy foods should also be avoided. Otherwise, any food that the patient can eat or drink is acceptable and safe. Abundant fluid intake (10 to 12 glasses per day) is a must to avoid bleeding and dehydration.
  • A fever up to 102 for the first 2 or 3 days is common. If the temperature goes above 103 or if fever above 101 lasts more than 3 days, please call the office.
  • Expect to see a yellowish or gray, slimy, thick unpleasant looking coating on the throat and possibly on the tounge. This is totally normal and will go away within 3 weeks. Expect very bad breath and a foul taste in mouth. Chewing gum and drinking lots of fluids will help.
  • It is common to have significant earaches after tonsillectomy. The earache can be intense and can awaken the patient from sleep several times per night. This is normal and will go away within 2 weeks. It does not usually indicate infection but rather is due to an irritation of a nerve that supplies both the throat and ear.
  • Expect pain to worsen between days 4 through 7 after surgery. This is due to the maximum swelling that normally occurs in the tissue form the trauma of surgery.
  • Cough very gently; clear your throat or blow your nose, if necessary.
  • Bleeding can occur anytime from the day of surgery to up to three weeks later, but is most common between day 5 and day 14. Do not ignore it if it occurs. Most of the time is stops spontaneously, but can be serious if it contiues. Please notify us immediately and / or proceed to the emergency room if continuous bleeding occurs.
  • Nausea and vomiting are common postop. You can expect to see some streaks of blood if vomiting occurs. This is nothing to be alarmed about. If vomiting persists for more than 24 hours, or if the patient is unable to eat or drink anything for more thatn 24 hours, please call the office.
  • The uvula ( the thing that hangs down in the back of your mouth ) may swell quite a bit and remain swollen for several days.
  • You may notice some voice changes (nasal and high-pitched) that will subide with time. You may regurgitate some fluid through your nose. This is all normal and may continue for several weeks.
  • Do not use any mouthwash or throat sprays until the clears you to do so.
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