Precautions Before and After Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy Precautions

Tonsillectomy is a procedure performed to dissect the tonsils situated on the side of your throat.  There are several reasons your doctor may suggest you to remove the tonsils.

Precautions Before Tonsillectomy

As you've been scheduled for ambulatory you're liable to taking certain precautions before you arrive for the surgery which includes:  

  • You should stop eating or drinking anything after midnight prior to the schedule day of your surgery.

  • Do not consume any drugs containing aspirin or other anti-inflammatory for minimum 10 days prior to the surgery.

  • Finally, you should also search for transportation to go home from the place at which the procedure will be performed. There's no way u to predict how you'll be feeling after the procedure. So don't forget, following surgery, you will not be allowed to drive.

Precautions After Tonsillectomy

There are a few precautions that you should take following tonsillectomy.  Some of the most common precautions may include:

  • You will be prescribed drugs (antibiotics and pain killers) after the tonsillectomy which you should take on time.

  • Pain killers are recommended to be taken after food to avoid gastric irritation.

  • Attempt to gargle with salt water as often as possible as this assist tremendously in early healing.

  • Drink sufficient water and have enough food - both these will help in early healing and optimal recovery.

  • Maintain a good hygiene by cleaning and brushing your teeth at least two times a day.

  • You should not eat hard chips like banana for 10 days after the tonsillectomy.

Recovery After Tonsillectomy

Around two weeks you will experience sore throat after the tonsillectomy. Patients should drink more and more liquid to help expeditious recovery. Very cold fluids will assist in bring down swelling. Slushies are specifically helpful for sore throats, especially sugar-free.

Recuperation can take from up to 20 days, during which narcotic analgesic are recommended. Patients are suggested to intake diet of liquid and very soft meal for some days following surgery. Rough textured, spicy or acidic foods may be troublesome or irritating and should be avoided. Right hydration is of most importance at this time.

In adults, to avoid risks due to bleeding and to help speedy recovery, some experts suggest (in two previous weeks to surgery and during the next one) intramuscular injections of Cyanocobalamin (Vitamin B12) 2 mg, phytomenadione (vitamin K) 10mg/ml, calcium folinate 0.9 mg. Any other painkillers drugs are not prescribed as they prolong the clotting time and slow healing process.

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