Am I a candidate for a tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is more common in children than adults. However, if you are experiencing problems with your tonsils like bleeding, cancer, or trouble breathing you might be a good candidate. We recommend you to refer to one of our ENT surgeons for an evaluation to determine if this surgery is best for you.
How do I prepare for a tonsillectomy?
As with any surgery, your otolaryngologist will perform a physical examination before the procedure, you will be asked to not eat or drink at least 8 hours before the procedure. Tell your surgeon if you’re taking medications, herbs, or supplements.
What can I expect during recovery?
Patients can have a sore throat and experience some pain in the jaw, ears, or neck during recovery. Your ENT surgeon will prescribe pain medication. Children usually experience less discomfort than adults.
Do I need a special diet after surgery?
Yes, the first days after surgery is recommended to eat warm, clear broth and applesauce, as well as stay hydrated. Softer foods are added after a couple of days, avoiding anything crunchy, spicy, or hard.