Tonsillectomy Recovery Tips for Adults

Pain after tonsillectomy is inevitable. Tips for easier tonsillectomy recovery from patients who have been through it. What to eat, dealing with scabs and bleeding, managing pain, and shortening recovery time.

Tonsillectomy and its subsequent recovery is no picnic, especially for an adult. Welcome to Tonsillectomy Recovery Resources. Whether you’re considering, planning, or recovering from the procedure, you’ll find all the information you will need to make the best decision about tonsil surgery. You’ll also learn how to get the best care after tonsillectomy. I’ll also help you prepare for your tonsillectomy by laying out simple steps that will make the day of surgery easier and help you to be more comfortable as you recover.

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Top 10 Tonsillectomy Recovery Tips

Though I’ve added to the initial 10, these are my top  tips for anyone preparing for, or recovering from tonsillectomy surgery:

Greg's Tonsillectomy Recovery Tips

Top Ten

  • Drink cold fluids
  • Continue to drink cold fluids
  • Drink more cold fluids! This is perhaps the single most important tip to make life easier while speeding up your recovery period.
  • Get a good cool air humidifier and run it all the time in the room you’re in.  Consider having more than one for the primary rooms you’ll be spending time in.
  • Don’t worry about sleep. Forget the normal time convention. Sleep for short intervals, preferably in a recliner. Sleep can be your worst enemy. Sleeping a few hours in a bed usually results in a dry throat that hurts like crazy. It can take almost an hour to get the pain back under control.
  • Keep a written log of your medications as you take them. It’s easy to forget what you’ve taken and when. If you would have problems that require help from the doctor, it can come in handy.
  • Read about others’ experiences and share your own. (Check out the tonsillectomy  forum)
  • Plan ahead! Stock up on items you’ll need ahead of time.
  • Take something with your pain medicine. Carnation Instant Breakfast or Ensure will at least provide a base in your stomach and reduce nausea.
  • Drink ice cold liquids!

Read my latest blog post about nausea after tonsillectomy

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  1. Day 4…is a severe headache common?!?

  2. My Dr. told me soft foods the first 4 days, then whatever i want. Sort of in between what Europe and the US does.

  3. We don’t do overnight here either unless it’s for children – but I chose to go private instead of on our National Health System (Similar to what you get I think when you guys have insurance?) I chose private because the wait from seeing the doctor and him referring me to the hospital it would have taken 10 months for the initial Appointment and possibly a year from then for the op! And I live 6 hours away from the private hospital. No jelly though they’re mean here!

  4. Only not lonely haha

    • I really am fascinated by how different the UK and the US are in their tonsillectomy treatment. In the US, people rarely do an overnight. Once awakened after surgery, we’re typically kept until we can swallow Jell-O, (Jelly?) and have a sober driver. Take care. ;)

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