Tonsillectomy and beyond…

In 2008, at the age of 44, I underwent tonsillectomy surgery. As I struggled to prepare for the surgery and recover from it, I was frustrated by the lack of quality content available on the internet for tonsillectomy patients. I was also frustrated by the general public’s assumptions about adult tonsillectomy surgery, and the lack of compassion from my health care providers. I was ill-prepared and struggled through recovery with minimal support. For this reason, I created a website to provide information to adults considering or recovering from tonsillectomy. It was called, “My Big Fat Tonsillectomy.” I later added a forum where other patients could share their experiences, questions, pain, and compassion.

Since then I’ve learned a great deal about tonsillectomy, and also about web design and search engine optimization. After reading thousands and thousands of posts to the forum, I have amassed a fortune in knowledge and insight into the experience of adult tonsillectomy. I’ve learned even more about the beauty and resilience of the human spirit.

This new site is intended to be a place where people considering or recovering from tonsillectomy can arm themselves with information and become their own best advocates. But it’s also a community. Every page allows comments and questions. The tonsillectomy forum is pure, free form venting, asking, crying, sharing, and mingling.

I read every single comment left on the site. (over 20,000 so far!) Responding to each one has become increasing difficult. My goal is to respond to EVERY comment on THIS page.

Keeping the site going is a labor of love to be sure. In addition to time, it does cost money. If you’d like to help keep the site going for others, please consider making a donation of any amount.

Thank you!

Greg Tooke
Author, advocate, webmaster


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  1. ok so I am 46 years old had a tonsillectomy 4 weeks ago. OI still feel my throat is swollen though it does not hurt it still feels bigger in the middle and my uvula was Hugh after. It has gone down but I see a red bump on it and when i swallow I think that is what I am feeling. I have been to the Dr 2x since the surgery and they swear I am still just healing and give it it time. Did you have any of these issues with your throat weeks later????

  2. hey Greg im a Weed chainsmoker and just got my tonsils removed today i was wondering how long till i can get back to regular smoking like before?

    1. High Michael. I’m afraid I don’t really know the answer to your question. I would think that smoking would feel unpleasanr for a couple weeks though. Best of luck in your recovery!

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