Helping you at home.
Nasal sounding voice: This is related to post-operative swelling and should decrease over time.
Reflux of food into the nose: Normal, but call the office if it lasts beyond a few days.
Elevated temperature: Tylenol and lots of fluids (specifically water) will keep your temperature down.
Foul smelling breath: This is due to the sloughing of tissues and may last approximately 3 weeks.
Discomfort and fatigue: Take it easy for 24 to 48 hours. Tylenol is often needed for the first 1-2 days and will help decrease any discomfort. Lower throat pain is common from the breating tube that was placed for surgery and usually resolves within a day. Resume your normal activities as soon as you feel up to it. No exercise or swimming for two weeks following surgery.
Earache: This is normal and my increase in intensity with swallowing. Chewing gum will help.
Bleeding: Bloody mucous is normal for the first few days. If there is ANY bright red bleeding from the nose or throat, call the office immediately. We will advise you as to the proper course of action at that time.
Tylenol: The liquid is usually sufficient for pain control. If you are allergic to Tylenol, an alternative pain medication can be prescribed.
Water: As much as possible. This helps decrease your temperature, helps with swelling, and most of all, decreases pain.
Generally patients feel good enough to return to school or work within 24 to 48 hours after surgery, however swimming and sports activities should not be participated in for two weeks following surgery.
Please call our office anytime if you have any post operative questions or concerns. 801-492-7662.
The removal of Adenoids is one of the most frequently performed throat operations. It offers a safe effective surgical way to resolve breathing obstruction, throat infections, and manage recurrent childhood ear disease. Pain following surgery is an unpleasant side effect, but can reasonably be controlled with medication. Similar to the pain experienced with throat infections, it may often also be controlled with medication. Similar to the pain experienced with throat infections, it may also be felt in the ears. There are also some risks associated with removal of adenoids. Although very rare, significant postoperative bleeding may occur. If significant bleeding occurs, it is most often immediate and short lived. Treatment of such bleeding is usually handled as an outpatient. However, sustained bleeding may require treatment in the operating room under general anesthesia. In rare cases, a blood transfusion may be recommended. There are some more persistent side affects sometimes associated with the removal of his adenoids. As swallowing is painful after surgery, the patient may not take in sufficient fluids orally. If this cannot be corrected at home, IV fluid replacement may be necessary.
Halitosis is common in the immediate postoperative period. Infection is an infrequent occurrence. Anesthetic complications are known to exist; however, they are quite uncommon.