As everyone knows that has done any research into what to eat after a tonsillectomy, ice lollies or Popsicles are very popular as they help numb the pain. It is a good idea to avoid red colors as they will camouflage any potential bleeding. If you have the time and resources, here is a simple recipe;
- 2 packs of kool-aid or equivalent flavouring
- 2 cups of sugar (if kool-aid is not sweetened)
- 3 cups of water
- lollie / Popsicle holders
- Put the kool-aid or equivalent flavouring in a drink container (that has a lid)
- Add sugar and cold water
- Shake the container to mix it all up
- Pour into lollie / Popsicle holders
- Put into freezer for 3-4 hours until frozen
Everyone heals at a different rate, so I can only offer you a guideline. Also, what is your definition of recover? Does that mean when you are no longer in severe pain or is it when your wounds have fully healed? I will define recovered as able to resume normal daily activities with little to no pain.
The vast majority of people will recover in about 14 days after the tonsillectomy. As you may know, the hardest stage is between days 7-11 when the scabs fall off and the wound is very sensitive. The recovery after this stage is rapid and therefor it is very important to remember this when you are at the height of your pain in this stage. One day you will be in excruciating pain and the next you will feel 50% better. A few days latter you will be ready to go on with your live again!
If you have a desk job, I would recommend taking two weeks off – I took off three weeks and am very happy I did! If you do anything physically strenuous for your job, I would highly recommend you speak to your doctor and ask him when you are safe to resume your activity. I believe the strenuous physically activity can potentially cause a hemorrhage. I hope you recover soon!
Outpatient surgery, also referred to as ambulatory surgery, same-day surgery or day surgery does not require that you stay overnight in hospital. The majority of tonsillectomies today are performed as outpatient procedures. If after the operation the doctor is not entirely satisfied with how the wound is healing she may request that you stay overnight for observation. The biggest risk is post operative hemorrhaging.