Tonsillectomy


 

WHY IS TONSILLECTOMY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • Recurrent infections
  • Chronic infection
  • Tonsillar enlargement with obstructive symptoms
  • Tonsillar asymmetry
  • Tonsillar mass

HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY PROCEDURE PERFORMED?

  • In the operating room under general anesthesia
  • Usually done as an outpatient procedure, unless complex medical problems exist
  • Pre-op labs may be required
  • Chest x-ray and EKG are required if the patient is over the age of 50 and heart or lung problems exist

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

  • Pain lasting 10-14 days in adults or only a few days in children
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Minor bleeding
  • Grayish discoloration of the throat

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER THE SURGERY?

  • Take antibiotics and pain medications given by the doctor
  • Slowly advance diet as tolerated
  • Drink cool liquids (water, milk, low acid juices, ice cream, Jell-O) during the first day
  • Call the doctor if unable to drink liquids
  • Go to the emergency room immediately if clots of blood occur
  • Return for follow-up in 10 days
Location
Advanced ENT & Allergy
11842 Rock Landing Drive, Suite 100
Newport News, VA 23606
Phone: 757-979-6475
Fax: 757-873-9579
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