A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. Sometimes the
adenoids are removed during the same surgery. The tonsils and adenoids are in
the throat. Your doctor did the surgery through your mouth.
adults have a lot of throat pain for 1 to 2 weeks or longer. The pain may get worse before it gets better. The pain in your
throat can also make your ears hurt.
You may have good days and
bad days. Most people find that they have the most pain in the first 8 days.
You probably will feel tired for 1 to 2 weeks. You may have bad breath for up
to 2 weeks.
You may be able to go back to work or your usual
routine in 1 to 2 weeks.
There will be a white coating in your
throat where the tonsils were. The coating is like a scab, and it usually
starts to come off in 5 to 10 days. It is usually gone in 10 to 16 days. You
may see some blood in your spit as the coating comes off.
surgery, you may snore or breathe through your mouth at night. This usually
gets better 1 to 2 weeks after surgery. Mouth breathing can make your mouth and
throat dry or sore. Place a humidifier by your bed when you sleep. This may
make it easier for you to breathe. Follow the directions for cleaning the
At first, your voice may sound different. Your voice
probably will return to normal in 2 to 6 weeks.
It is common for
people to lose weight after this surgery, because it can hurt to swallow food
at first. As long as you are drinking plenty of liquids, this is okay. You will
probably gain the weight back when you begin to eat normally again.
This care sheet gives you a general idea about how long it will take for
you to recover. But each person recovers at a different pace. Follow the steps
below to get better as quickly as possible.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek
immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to
contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of:
July 29, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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