Tonsillectomy is done on an outpatient basis, which means you should be able to return home immediately after the surgery. However, if the procedure is done on a young child and/or complications arise, the surgeon may insist on an overnight hospital stay.
The procedure is done under general anesthesia and no external incisions are necessary. Once the surgery is complete, you will be taken to the recovery room where you will be monitored closely.
Treat your pain as directed Your SFENTA physician will prescribe pain medication to manage your discomfort after surgery.
Get plenty of fluids Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and suck on ice pops to prevent dehydration.
Adopt a bland diet Immediately after surgery, most patients thrive on a bland diet of applesauce, broth and similar foods. Avoid acidic, spicy and crunchy foods until you are fully healed.
Rest Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities and exercise for at least two weeks. Once your diet has normalized and you’re no longer taking pain medication, you will be cleared to resume your daily routine.
The tonsils are a vital part of a child’s immune system, so many patients wonder if a tonsillectomy will leave them more susceptible to infection. Fortunately, the answer is no. Once the immune system is fully formed, the body can protect itself sufficiently without tonsils.
At SFENTA, our ear, nose and throat specialists have years of experience performing successful tonsillectomies for patients of all ages. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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