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Tonsillectomy - FAQs

1. What are tonsils? 
Tonsils are glands located on the right and left sides of the entrance to the throat.

2.What do tonsils do?
The role of the tonsils is to protect against infection.

3.What is tonsillitis? 
Tonsillitis is an infectious condition of the tonsils.

4.What are the symptoms of tonsillitis? 
Symptoms of tonsillitis include frequent throat, pain while swallowing, fever, swelling in the neck lymph nodes and ear infections or obstructed breathing.

5.Who gets tonsillitis?
Though tonsillitis can occur at any age, seventy percent of the patients who have tonsillectomies are under 18.

6.Can tonsillitis be treated with antibiotics?
  Antibiotics are quite often effective in treating tonsillitis, however the physician may suggest a tonsillectomy if antibiotics are no longer combating the illness.

7.Is tonsillitis contagious?
Yes. All forms, bacterial or viral, are contagious. It usually spreads from person to person by contact with the throat or nasal fluids of someone who is already infected.

8.How can I avoid getting tonsillitis? 
Wash hands frequently and keep the infected person's eating utensils and drinking glasses away from others.

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bmcclain1136 

I am a 44 year old mother of a four year old. I had the surgery done on 6/7/12. I am now into day 6 of surgery and I have never experienced anything like this before. I decided to have the procedure done at the advice of my physician, re-occuring throat infections and mild sleep apenea. I had heard all the horror stories about adults recovering longer than children and didn't think it could be that bad. Well I am here to tell you all it is very ture. This is by far the worst pain I have ever ever experienced in my life. If I had known it was this bad, there is no way I would have under went the surgery. Prior to surgery all I dranked was water and find it diffcult to do that now. My throat feels like someone has chips of glass scraping it. My ears, head, neck and shoulders hurt all the time. My mouth is constantly filled with thick salavia that makes me gag and I have to have a towel wrapped around my face so I don't soil my pillows and bed. I have done what they said......gargled with warm salty water, eat popsicles, drink fluids, and try to rest. I can hardly sleep at night because it's so painful and taken pain medicine has been a struggle becasue it burns soooo bad when I take it. I just sure hope that it was worth it because as of now I don't see how any good could come out of this intense pain. I didn't post this to scare anyone from this procedure by no means I am just letting you all know that this is very very very painful.

adimimum 

For a healthy 31 years female like me, I thought Tonsillectomy is a minor operation, (my mother gone through it 2 years ago, now her recurrent pain & uncomfortability in the throat is lessen). ENT Surgeons told me about complications resulting from non treatment of Tonsillitis which includes cancer, arthritis, kidney and heart complications. In order to avoid all later life problems I underwent, but didn't realised it was going to be this difficult and painful.my mother recover sooner than I, Today is my post-op 5th day and I cannot put my painkillers away ,Dr Advised me- to Gargle every time I eat something even after the smallest snacks because food debris impacted on the unhealed tissues may cause infection again complicating it, take cold food for the 1st 2 weeks, don't cough too hard lest it should bleeds. But better suffer today than to regret later on.

sophmoz 

I'm a 20 year old girl and on day 5 post op.. The pain I have been in has been unbelievable and unexpected. I am usually the most up beat and out going person to be known, and all I have been able to do is sleep to forget the pain. Reading these comments from others has been very reassuring as I seemed to think I would recover within 5 days or so, when day 3-5 has certainly been the worst so far. I would advise anybody to KEEP ON TOP OF THE PAIN RELIEF.. I seemed to think I could do without and once I was consistent I noticed a difference.
What to expect:

White scabs
Painful to swallow
Ear ache
To be woken in the night by the pain
One side to recover quicker than the other
Not to eat normal foods straight away (like I did)

Don't be put off my my post.. I am simply typing this as I wish somebody warned me before I had my op. I am only thinking it's so bad as I was so unaware prior. DO not drink acidic drinks like fresh orange juice, I was doing this for days and wondering why it burnt so much?! DRINK LOTS OF WATER!!!!!

Hope I haven't put you off but also hope it helps..
Sophie

KTLed 

My daughter is 10 days out from post-op. She has just recently turned the corner and is just now feeling some relief from the pain. We have plans to camp with friends tonight, but I am concerned about the forecasted low of 25-30 degrees. Would it affect her health/recovery to sleep in the cold? We will be "car camping" so no strenuous activity. I'm just conficted on whether or not cold air for a prolonged period of time would be detrimental to her recovery.

KarlKatz 

This is a woefully oversimplified description of tonsillectomy recovery. Check out www.tonsillectomyrecovery.com for a deeper look. Oh, and skip the ice cream. It leaves a nasty film in the mouth and throat. Avoid all dairy.

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