It is very rare nowadays that a tonsillectomy is recommended. Only if a child has tonsillitis repeatedly over quite an extended period may a doctor suggest it. It is even rarer for this procedure to be recommended on adults, and there needs to be a lot of disruption to work and school as a result of tonsillitis before they would recommend it.
What Is a Tonsillectomy?
A tonsillectomy is surgery during which the tonsils are removed. The procedure is performed under general anesthetic, meaning you will be asleep. Special tools will be used to keep your mouth open, so the surgeon can see your tonsils and remove them without damaging the surrounding tissue.
There are a number of ways in which the procedure can be performed. These include:
• Cold steel surgery. This is the most frequently employed method of tonsil surgery. A blade is used to cut out the tonsils. Pressure is then applied to control bleeding, although it is also possible for the blood vessels to be cauterized using diathermy.
• Diathermy is a probe that destroys the tissue around the tonsils, eventually removing them. The blood vessels are sealed at the same time, so that bleeding is prevented.
• Cold ablation or coblation, which is similar to diathermy but not as hot. The temperature is set at 60 degrees Celsius instead. This is seen as a much less painful method of performing the surgery.
• High energy lasers, which cut the tonsils away and seal the blood vessel simultaneously.
• Ultrasound, whereby high energy waves are used in the same way as laser.
The techniques are all equally safe, offer the same results and require the same recovery time. Hence, it is generally the surgeon who decides on the preferred method. The surgery is generally performed on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home the same day.
After surgery, you will experience quite significant pain. This will last around a week, and you should be prescribed painkillers for relief. Children have to be kept home from school for at least two weeks. This is because they are more susceptible to infections, which they have to avoid while recovering.
Swallowing is very difficult after a tonsillectomy, but it is very important that patients start to consume solid foods as soon as possible. This encourages the throat to heal as well. You should not consume any acidic drinks, like orange juice, as these sting, but it is important to drink plenty. Also, good dental hygiene must be maintained in order to prevent infection.
The pain generally gets worse on day by day basis for the first week. During the second week, it begins to improve. It is also very common to experience severe earache, but this is no reason for concern.
The pain doesn’t have to be excruciating, as there are a number of ways to order medication specifically for this type of pain online. While it is possible to obtain medication via local drugstore in person, it can sometimes take longer than if one were to just order online. This type of pain can last a couple weeks, and that is simply too long for anyone to suffer. Furthermore, it is even less expensive to obtain medication this way. Don’t wait until the last minute, as it’s best to order medication before the surgery takes place.
A very common but serious complication of tonsil removal is bleeding at the site. This can happen up to 10 days after the actual surgery and demonstrates the importance of following the instructions for recover left by the surgeon after tonsils removed.
1% of children and 4% of adults experience post-op bleeding. It is important to be able to recognize the different between post-op bleeding, which is serious, and minor bleeding. Recovery after tonsil surgery is normal to include some form of bleeding. If it becomes extensive, where you vomit or cough clear blood, immediate medical attention is needed. Upon hospital discharge, you should have been given a number to contact if this happens. It is possible that you will require further surgery or even a blood transfusion, so do not take this lightly.