Tonsillectomy Recovery Time Poll

Adult Tonsillectomy Recovery Time – a Poll

Tonsillectomy recovery time is unique to each individual- sure.  We know that recovery time for adults is longer, and maybe harder, than tonsillectomy recovery time for children. I remember my own son bouncing back in less than a week! My own experience taught me that ten days off from a job that required lots of talking was a bit light.  I generally advise two weeks.  As I’ve said, most employers will let you come back early.  That’s easier than asking for more time after the fact. I’ve read the accounts of thousands of tonsillectomy patients- most of them adults. I’ve learned that the time required varies. I wonder though, how many tonsillectomy patients never really post about their experience. Are you one of those quiet ones lying in the weeds? I’d like to get a better feel for the average adult tonsillectomy recovery time. Please take a moment and share your own experience in recovering from tonsillectomy surgery. You can help us all!

So let me put this out as an informal survey for people who have been through it, to help those planning a tonsillectomy.  (It’s also one of the most commonly researched questions by adults considering tonsillectomy.)  It’s my hope that we can amass a good sampling of experiences to help guide would-be adult tonsillectomy patients as they plan their family, work, and other obligations,

What is the average recovery time for tonsillectomy in adults? Read my Summary: Tonsillectomy Recovery Time Summary

So, what is it?  What is your recommended adult tonsillectomy recovery time?

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  1. Hey Greg!!

    Happy Spring. 🙂
    I’ve clicked on a lot of links and can’t seem to find your poll, so I’ll add my input here. Like Stephanie I am also 34. It took me 2 weeks to be back to work-functional, although I was not employed; I’m just talking energy-wise. Three weeks to really trend towards normal. “Normal” means laughing, gabbing for a few hours without tiredness, having a few beers, eating nachos, yawning without that odd twinge.

    Since, I’ve (happily) hardly given it a thought; haven’t suffered a single infection or cold; am so grateful for the financial aid I got from the hospital; and would do this again in a heartbeat. No regrets.

    Thanks Greg for your great forum. It totally got me through a dark two weeks. You have a great resource here, and I’m more than happy to help with any future polls.

    On to life and adventure!
    Big hugs from Zombie Cupcake

  2. 3 weeks. Going back to work at 2 weeks was really hard. I was still eating soft foods, my throat got really sore from talking, I got light-headed from standing, and I still needed to nap in the evenings. It was 3 weeks before I really started to feel like myself.

  3. I was told a week by my doctor. At 34, it was EASILY 2-3 weeks. I had SO much pain. It hurt to take the pain medicine, it burned going down. It easily took me 20 minutes of taking small swallows with water mixed in to get my pain meds in.

  4. 2 weeks minimum for me. My boss was cool but couldn’t believe that I would be out for the full 2 weeks. Believe it! I was still iffy when I went back.

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