Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery – How to Recover Faster

Recovery From Adult Tonsillectomy

adult tonsillectomy

Adult Tonsillectomy

Adult tonsillectomy and in particular, adult tonsillectomy recovery, is quite different than tonsillectomy for children. The methods employed for tonsillectomy in adults and children are generally the same, (See Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Methods page), and the risks for tonsillectomy in adults are similar to the risks for children, (See The Tonsillectomy Risks

Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery and Risks

Most studies indicate a two to four percent risk of delayed hemorrhage [severe bleeding]. Where adult tonsillectomies differs most from tonsillectomy in children is in the recovery. Recovery from childhood tonsillectomy generally takes five to seven days. Recovery from  tonsillectomy in adults usually requires at least ten days and more often two weeks.

Before deciding to get an adult tonsillectomy, it’s important to choose a time frame in which you have the time and the support. Recovering over your favorite Holiday might be a good choice in terms of time, (eg holiday leave from work or school), but it may not be a time that people will be available to help you.

The pain associated with adult tonsillectomy recovery, by almost all accounts, is more intense than that experienced by children. Some theorize that children haven’t had as much time without pain as adults and thus their frame of reference is different than adult tonsillectomy patients. Others assume that children may be less able to articulate their discomfort. Having read the accounts of THOUSANDS of adult tonsillectomies in the forum,(See Tonsillectomy Forum page), I can say with some confidence that generally, the younger the patient, the easier the tonsillectomy recovery. There are of course exceptions. I’ve read from many middle aged adults who had a fairly smooth recovery. Perhaps they read up on this website and prepared well. Perhaps they had good genes.  In any case, many time an adult tonsillectomy recovery is better than the horror stories we hear about.

“If I could recommend one item to buy before tonsillectomy, it would be this Honeywell humidifier. My readers know how important moist air is to a healing throat. I bought one of these years ago and still use it daily” -Greg

I’d like to take a moment here to make a suggestion. As you read through the people’s accounts in the various chat rooms, message boards, and adult tonsillectomy forums, consider this: People having a harder time, may be more prone to seek out information and share their experience in these venues. Adults experiencing milder tonsillectomy recoveries, might be less apt to be posting. I don’t want to drag Richard Nixon into my website, but this silent majority may be quietly recovering and you’ll never hear from them.
My advice is to research as much as you can, talk with your doctor, talk with your family and friends, and talk with your employer before scheduling your adult tonsillectomy. I wish you all the best.

I’ve put together a collection of items that I think would be helpful, if not essential, to making tonsillectomy recovery a little more pleasant. Check out the Tonsillectomy General Store.

Before you schedule an appointment to have your tonsils removed do a little research.
-Greg Tooke 

238 comments on “Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery – How to Recover Faster
  1. Allison says:

    If you’re thinking about getting a tonsillectomy I highly recommend getting a coblation tonsillectomy. Coblation tonsillectomies damage less healthy tissue than other methods. Many people go into the surgery not knowing what method their doctor is going to use, and the methods vary greatly and can affect how well your recovery goes. I had a smooth recovery with minimal pain, no bleeding and no complications. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!

  2. Nick says:

    Hi, my name is Nick and I’m 23 years old. I will be having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy on January 5th, 2015. Still about two months off, but it’s the only time that will work with my busy schedule.

    I am one of the million plus Americans that suffer from sleep apnea. I had an initial visit with my regular doctor, because my girlfriend was very concerned about my sleeping habits. I have been a loud snorer since I was young. I remember being at sleep overs in middle school where I had to sleep in the opposite room from everyone else, because I shook the house with my obnoxiously loud snoring. In college, I played rugby, and would always travel to play at other locations. My teammates would always make me get my own hotel room, because of my snoring. It wasn’t until this past summer, when someone finally paid attention to the way I slept. My girlfriend noticed I would have long periods of time in my sleep where I would stop breathing. This was then followed by a large snorting/choking sound where I eventually started breathing again. I didn’t know this happened, because I would never remember waking up from this happening. She recommended I go see the doctor to see if there was something that could be done about it.

    When I had my initial visit with my doctor he went through a list of symptoms about my sleeping habits. He asked if I always felt tired, no matter what. That answer was a definite yes, because I have been known to sleep past noon, if given the chance. Even if I had slept past noon, I would still feel tired and worn out. He asked if I have ever fallen asleep in weird places, and I replied that I have almost fallen asleep driving or at work if I have periods of time where I’m not doing anything. He then talked to my girlfriend, and she went through my sleeping habits with him, which I stated above. The doctor recommended me having a sleep study done and consult an ENT, because he took one look at my tonsils and noted that they were huge.

    I met with the ENT, and the first thing he did was look in my throat. He laughed and said those things need to come out. He also said that may be the biggest reason why I have sleep apnea. He recommended not having the sleep study done until after I get my tonsils out. So, here I am today preparing for a surgery, where I have to admit scares me a little bit.

    Finding this website feels like I have a huge weight lifted off my shoulders, and I already feel like I am prepared for the surgery by reading through all of your posts and recommendations. I hope that my post helps people that are just like me and suffer from sleep apnea. I am looking forward to posting a day by day journal, and sharing about my recovery with all of you.

    Lastly, I wanted to thank Greg for creating this awesome recourse!!

    Have a great day everyone!!

  3. Amy says:

    I am a sufferer with panic attacks anyway and I am on my 7th day after op, I am so worried, my uvula is still swollen and my tongue at the back is bruised and slightly still swollen, I am in so much pain. Will I ever feel my mouth is normal again? very depressed and keep crying.

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