Before leaving the hospital the bleeding will be controlled, however, if bleeding persists, contact our office.
Usually after one week. If there is extreme difficulty in swallowing or is very painful after two weeks, please follow up with the physician.
Typically one week should be sufficient.
Yes, they will be given to you after surgery.
Yes, a 23 hour stay is required for children and adults.
While there is swelling, voice changes may occur but will return to normal.
The post operative course for adult Tonsillectomy and Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is in stages:
PLEASE READ THIS EACH DAY AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS. THIS WILL HELP YOUR POST OPERATIVE COURSE IMMENSELY.
Please do not eat or drink anything red for one week.
Day one and two: The pain is not usually severe at this point. By continuing to drink and take pain medicine around the clock, minimal discomfort is felt. There is no need to eat solid food for a week or so.
Day three: If no bowel movement by this day, take milk of magnesia or something similar until you have a bowel movement. Please do not think that if you have not eaten anything then it's OK that you have not gone to the bathroom. This is important because if there is constipation, unnecessary pressure can cause bleeding of tonsils.
Expect some pain in the ears a few days after surgery.
Day four or five: Continue taking the pain medication. DO NOT STOP. If you do, you may feel as though your throat is swelling.
You will continue to have problems swallowing at times for a few more weeks.
Please call our office if there are any problems. If after hours, you will have an option to leave a message for the physician on call. The call will be returned within 15 minutes.