Tonsillectomy Recovery Photos

Tonsillectomy patients often peer into their throats and wonder, “is this normal?”  What they see is never pretty.  For some it can be quite disturbing.  Since I’ve started the forum, the description of post tonsillectomy throat has been one of the most common discussions.  Believe it or not, people send me pictures of their throats all the time.  Of course I appreciate it.  Here is s series of photos from one tonsillectomy patient from each day of her tonsillectomy recovery.  A warning:  These tonsillectomy recovery photos may not be for the faint of heart! To enlarge the pictures simply click on the image.

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32 thoughts on “Tonsillectomy Recovery Photos

  1. Greg,
    I am 15 days post op and still have the thin white coating on my throat. I can’t seem to find anywhere that people say what happens after week 2. How long until my throat is pink and normal again?

    1. Hi Catherine. It’s possible that you have oral thrush –


    2. I still have mine too, I’m on day 14 of my recovery. It looks as though my scabs are still there, just really thinned out, & taking their time coming off. At my post op check up my doctor informed me that some people’s scabs come off a lot slower than others. My friends were almost gone by day 11, & my throat still looks gross. Nothing to worry about though, as I am eating normal and they are slowly coming off. I think this whole surgery turned into more of a waiting game than anything for me. Hope it helps!

  2. I also want to thank you for your pics. My child is on day six and I was kind of freaked out by the white coating. But good to know it’s normal. She also is having more pain on left side. And we are about to refill her pain meds because she is still on a regular schedule.

  3. Thank you for these pictures. I really had no idea what my tonsils were supposed to look like. What a great resource, thanks so much for the time and effort to set this up. 🙂

    1. Thanks Judy. It’s a labor of love. I hope you are well. 🙂

  4. Hello all . I just wanted to say that I am 51 years old and I just had my tonsils removed and let me tell ya it hurts .. I am just about finished taking all the medications that the doctor has prescribed to me .and I am not feeling any better . I would also like to add that I am a type 2 diabetic and I know that things work differently on different people . But I am having problems with my tongue . its swells up on the ride side of my tongue it hurts like crazy . I just wonder if its from that surgery or from something that I have eaten .. I still have problems swollowing anything . and I have found out that even though he the doctor took out my tonsils he didn’t remove my all because he said that they were gone already .But anyway . I am drinking lots of fluids even doing hot and cold to help relief some of the pain in my mouth .I don’t fell like I am getting enough sleep these days as I would before I had the surgery .Please help if anyone has any ideals to help me with the pain that I am feeling .
    Norma Ivie

    1. Hey Norma, I had severe pain in my tongue up until day 14 or so. It lessened after that point, but even towards the end of the third week moving my tongue in any way, whether to swallow or try to feel around my mouth was painful. Even now, trying to touch the roof of my mouth with my tongue hurts. More than likely it’s just from surgery rather than something you ate. It’ll go away eventually, replaced mostly with a general stiffness of the tongue, at least that has been my experience.

      It sounds weird, but staying as hydrated as possible helps. I drank as much water as I could as often as I could. There were a couple hours where all I did was sip water and watch the Food Network. Other than that, Chloraseptic spray and Cepacol lozenges help to numb the tongue.
      Hope your healing progresses quickly!

      1. Cold water over hot or warm.

  5. I’m on day 6 and mine look like day 11 – so I must be doing alright!

    1. What are you doing to be recovering this well?

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