A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time.
After the procedure:
- It is important for you to take adequate time to rest and recover.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, rest frequently and increase your activities slowly.
- Avoid vigorous nose blowing and coughing.
- Drink lots of cold, clear fluids for the first day such as water, flat ginger-ale and popsicles. You may advance to soft bland foods like puddings and ice cream.
- It is normal to experience throat and ear pain after the procedure. It may be treated by a mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen or prescribed medication. Do not take aspirin.
- If vomiting occurs, Gravol in pill or suppository form may be used. Watch for dehydration.
- There may be changes in the quality of the voice. It will return to normal within 3-4 weeks.
- Post-pone vacations and day trips for at least two weeks after surgery.
- Some bleeding is normal and should subside within the first few hours after surgery.
- When home watch for signs of hemorrhage including: continued drainage at back of throat requiring frequent swallowing, vomiting bright red blood, faintness and rapid heart rate.
Call your doctor if you:
- Experience large amounts of bright red bleeding.
- Have a fever greater than 38C (101F).
- Have pain not relieved by acetaminophen or prescribed medication.