Tips for Recovery after Tonsillectomy

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2015
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Tonsillectomy, or surgery to removed infected tonsils, has one of better reputations for a recovery routine among surgeries. Yes, that’s right, ice cream!

And there’s good reason behind this beloved ritual, as cold and creamy treats can soothe your throat and are easier to get down after surgery than solid foods. But if you or your child is going to have a tonsillectomy, you won’t want to miss these other important recovery tips:

  • Rest up. Tonsillectomy is a fairly common surgery, but it’s still surgery and your body has been through a lot. Staying well rested helps the recovery process and helps you avoid getting rundown or potentially sick.
  • Stay hydrated. You or your child probably won’t feel like gulping down glasses of water, but hydration following surgery is very important. Sipping water frequently of sucking on ice pops can help you get your fluids.
  • Choose soft, soothing foods. You might want to wait a couple days to dive into the ice cream. Immediately after surgery, clear broths and applesauce will probably be more palatable. As you or your child recover, you can try adding other soft foods like pudding and oatmeal, and yes—ice cream! Stay away from foods that are crunchy, spicy, or acidic (such as citrus fruits).
  • Be prepared to treat pain. Your doctor will prescribe pain medication to help keep you stay comfortable during recovery. Use these medicines only as your doctor tells you to—don’t take or give your child more than prescribed.
  • Know when it’s time to call your doctor. Your chances of complications after tonsillectomy may be slim, but it’s good to know what kinds of problems to watch for and when to call your doctor. If you are or your child is bleeding, running a fever, or dehydrated during recovery, call your doctor right away or go to the emergency room. Also contact your doctor if you have or your child has trouble breathing during the weeks following surgery.
  • Avoid strenuous activity for a couple weeks. This isn’t a time for intense exercise. If you’re well rested and able to eat normally after a couple weeks, talk to your doctor about returning to work or school and other activities.

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