Tonsil Removal Post-Op Care
POST-OP TONSILLECTOMY AND ADENOIDECTOMY
- Regular diet as tolerated. Avoid foods with sharp edges for the first few days. Citrus fruit juices and spicy foods may aggravate throat pain.
- Activity as tolerated.
- For pain or discomfort use Tylenol (acetaminophen) or prescription pain medicine and Ibuprofen for pain. DO NOT USE ASPIRIN.
- There may be some ear pain after the procedure, this is normal.
- A white or yellow membrane commonly occurs over the tonsillar area. This does not indicate an infection and is the normal healing process.
- Objectionable mouth odor commonly observed for several days is relieved by eating and drinking fluids.
- Ear pain and a slight fever (99-100°) for the first few days is a common occurrence and may be disregarded.
- Coughing, hawking, and clearing of the throat are to be avoided.
- Mild bleeding is NOT unusual and usually stops with gargling ice cold water for 1-2 minutes. If bleeding continues or clots are seen in the throat, call the office. This is most likely to occur between 5-7 days after surgery when the scabs in the throat start to come off. If bleeding does not stop or if the patient vomits a large amount of blood or blood clot, contact the physician’s or seek medical attention immediately.
Call the office at 316-684-2838 if the following occur?
- If bleeding from the throat, which does not stop with gargling ice water.
- Persistent cough or high fever developing within ten days of surgery.