Video after tonsillectomy

20 days of Tonsillectomy Recovery- a Photo Journal

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Many thanks to a reader who shared this pictorial of her recovery from tonsillectomy surgery from day one to day twenty.

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photo journal of tonsillectomy recovery from day one to day 20

10 thoughts on “20 days of Tonsillectomy Recovery- a Photo Journal

  1. I’m currently entering my 9th day post surgery ( including the day of surgery). I must say that this is by far the most painful, uncomfortable medical procedure I have ever had. ( I am a 45 year old male).
    It’s 4:53 AM and you guessed It, I can’t sleep. I fall asleep for about an hour to an hour and a half, but the pain when I wake up is just unbearable. My throat is still swollen so I start snorting a bit when I do fall asleep and I wake up with excruciating pain.
    My wife has been making me the softest mashed everything, but the first 3 bites are so painful that I sweat and my ears start to hurt. I know the older you get the worst recovery period you have, but this is absolutely ridiculous. I’m finished with the prescription medicine by tomorrow and the doctor suggested I take Tylenol as well but I have and the pain and discomfort doesn’t go away. I am so looking forward to being normal again. I’m tired, I’m hungry, I’m in a lot of pain…I’m just miserable, but reading others experience somehow give me hope.

  2. I had mine taken out 12 days ago (I’m 26). Overall it wasnt as bad as I thought but my dr only gave me pain meds for the first 7 days. Now I’m finding it reeeeallly hard to sleep because of the painful swallowing. I have a humidifier but it doesn’t do enough. Thanks for the pictures. I am too afraid/queasy to look at my throat. I have a follow up appointment in two days to see if I can begin eating normally again but I don’t think he’s going to tell me I can. It hurts a lot to eat anything that isn’t complete mush. Even scrambled eggs hurt. How long did it take you guys to begin eating/being normal? Again, thanks for the pictures and posting your experience.

    1. Have you tried oat meal? It was great for me around day 10

      1. Oatmeal has been my daughters best nourishment since day 3

    2. Crazy, pain meds for only 7 days. I’d be not happy. And express that to dr. You deserve pain relief to heal

      1. Since I’m under 18 they don’t prescribe pain meds at all. I’m 17 and this pain is the worst pain ever. I can’t sleep or eat, and in general everything I do seems impossible due to the pain.

        1. I’m under 18 too but they prescribed me pain meds but I’m at day 7 and I’m still having a hard time of anything !! I can’t sleep , I can’t eat , and I can’t even walk with out having to get weak. I’m so miserable and in pain , I just can’t wait till I can drink and chug water with out any pain !!

        2. My son is on day 6 of his tonsillectomy and really struggling to eat, he is 14

  3. Hello,
    For pain relief I was prescribed codeine 30mg & took x2 every 4 hours. I also took ibuprofen & paracetamol. I worked it so I was taking some every hour to keep as comfortable as possible! Mornings were the worst as I had to start from square one with painkillers again. I was back to normal quite quickly. I remember been out walking the dogs at Day 6 when I had a slight bleed as you can see. However I didn’t go back to college until 3 weeks post up as I really didn’t want to expose myself to that amount of people until I felt my throat was visibly healed… I now it takes months deep down.
    I would go through it again for sure! I now have much more energy, I don’t feel like I have bad breath constantly, no tonsil stones flying out when I cough & of course no tonsillitis, at least not like I used to get it.

    Can I also recommend Costa coffee creamy toffee coolers with full fat milk. They’re the only thing I could drink & been so calorific almost acted as a meal substitute when I was having 3 a day 🙂

  4. Cool. What did you do for pain relief? Especially when eating?? And would you do it again? The reason I asked the last question; my doctor only removed my right tonsil and adenoids. The left bled too much for him to remove the left one. But because of the bleeding I am reluctant to go through a second surgery. The pain was as bad as I expected it would be but with Italian Icees, pudding, pain meds every 4 hours and ice water I survived. Had 1 round of antibiotics last week because of a sore red throat. I had my surgery 9/2/14. The plan for right now is to continue healing and in 2 to 3 months he will we wil decide if its worth the risk to do the left one. I am wondering how common this is?

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