Tonsillectomies: What To Expect
Scheduling an appointment to get a tonsillectomy is an easy enough process. Thankfully, the financials are usually covered by most health insurance companies. However, the subsequent aftercare and knowing just when to get them out can be confusing. Not only that, but preparing for the surgery itself can be just as complicated as knowing how long the recovery process will be. Luckily, tonsillectomies are performed every day for hundreds of people in all parts of the world. In almost every case, any problem or confusion has very likely been dealt with before. Therefore, any worries or concerns can be covered in a short amount of time.
When To Get Your Tonsils Out
You may begin to notice pain on one side of your throat. This in itself isn't enough to be worried. However, if the pain grows to the point where even swallowing or eating becomes a chore, then it's definitely time to begin assessing yourself for other swollen tonsil symptoms. Have someone check the lymph nodes at the back of your throat. If the nodes are swollen and your tonsils have a white substance coating them, proceed quickly with scheduling a tonsillectomy appointment. Other signs that it may be time to call your doctor would be if you have a fever, a hoarse voice, and have frequently experienced a sore throat in the past. You will need to take at least a few days off work for the time period following your tonsillectomy. Make sure you have a short time to recover some of your energy before jumping right back into stressful activity. It is recommended that you refrain from consuming hard foods. Anything too large or too tough could potentially scrape at the scabs after the surgery and cause bleeding.
Before Surgery Instructions
When you begin to notice the symptoms of tonsillitis, it's time to spring into action to prepare everything you're going to need before the surgery itself. Ask a friend or go to the store yourself, if possible, and buy soft and liquid foods. Make sure to stock up on anything that would be soothing to a sore throat. Many people like eating ice cream for the days following the surgery. Plan extensively for the time after the surgery and prepare yourself for, at the minimum, a week before you're really fully recovered. Not only that, but keep in mind that every person is different and their reactions to surgery cannot be guessed or guaranteed. Sometimes it takes up to ten days before the bleeding fully stops and you can be considered healed enough for strenuous tasks. Have all of your aftercare tools in close range after the tonsillectomy. The actual surgery only takes a maximum of about twenty minutes. Therefore the stay at the hospital is very quick and you can expect to be on your way home only a few short hours after you arrive.
Post Surgery Instructions
It is absolutely essential to get a lot of rest after your surgical experience. Some people do not require a long recovery time, but the majority need at least three solid days to recoup themselves. You can drink both warm and cold drinks. It largely depends on what feels best at the time. Some people prefer very cold snacks, while others feel better consuming warm liquids and soft food. You can eat flavored ices (such as sherbet and popsicle), jello, applesauce, soup, oatmeal, rice, and anything else that will go down easily and can be considered soft food. It's recommended to invest in a humidifier for your room and to gargle with salt water at least twice a day to decrease the risk of infection and heal your surgical wounds faster. It is widely believed that you cannot get Strep throat or other viruses or infections if your tonsils are removed. This is a false assumption. In fact it is even easier to catch infections if you don't take the necessary precautions and protective steps. Ensure that you stay away from anyone who is sick while recovering from your surgery. After you are healed, continue to be safe and aware of the risks associated with removing your tonsils