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It is normal to run a temperature and have nausea for 48-72 hours after surgery.
Temperatures above 102 degrees are not normal.
It is very common to have earaches after tonsillectomy.
It is common to have an increase in soreness in the throat between the 5th and 10th day after surgery. This is due to the natural process of healing.
Remember it takes 2-4 weeks to make a full recovery. If minimal (less than golf ball size amount) bleeding does occur, suck on ice chips, apply an ice pack to neck and be restful. If bleeding continues for more than 5 minutes, and if bleeding is intermittent or if bleeding is heavy, call our office immediately at (801) 492-7662. After hours, go immediately to the Emergency Room. Remember, bright red blood is fresh, old blood can be brown or black.
Gum chewing may reduce pain following surgery.
Rain oral mouth spray helps maintain moisture in the throat and will reduce pain.
Tetracaine lollipops will reduce pain.
Ice packs to the neck are also helpful for the pain.
Children’s liquid Tylenol as directed.
We recommend that the patient drink cool water and suck on ice chips as much as possible. The patient should drink water as soon as possible after surgery to help decrease pain and maintain hydration.
Any blood thinning medications such as Asprin, Pepto Bismol, Advil and or Motrin.
Generally a well-balanced nutritious diet, which is soft and not too difficult to chew, will be the best during the following two weeks.
Avoid citrus fruits, spicy, hot or crunchy foods such as chips and or crackers due to this can irritate the throat and may cause bleeding.
Avoid drinks and popsicles that are red or purple so that if vomiting does occur you are able to determine if blood is present or not
It is strongly recommended you stay in the area for 12-14 days after a tonsillectomy to help with close monitoring of the recovery process.
Restful activity for the first 3-5 days following surgery. After the first week, the patient can begin to resume normal activity, but avoid exertion. No bending, lifting, straining, or active play for 2 weeks following surgery. No sports or swimming for 2 weeks.
Call our office to confirm that a postoperative appointment has been scheduled for 4-5 weeks after surgery. There is not a fee for this visit.