Tonsillectomy Recovery

Crying ManThere is a vast difference between having a tonsillectomy as a child and as an adult. Firstly, the older you are, the longer it takes the body to heal. Secondly, a child’s tonsils are much smaller than an adult’s and require much less skin to be removed. The larger adult tonsils tend to cause more trauma and pain. However, doctors do not completely understand why an adult experiences more subjective pain than a child. If you are about to have a tonsillectomy or have recently had your tonsils removed, you should expect moderate to severe discomfort and pain for at least two weeks, sometimes longer.

Immediately after the tonsillectomy operation you should not feel too much pain as you will still have the anaesthetic in your system. The pain usually starts to become very uncomfortable when you wake up the following day. Your recovery experience will depend a lot on how you plan for and manage the next two weeks. You should expect to have a mild to severely sore throat in the first two weeks. The throat pain will peak around days 7-11 when the scabs from the wound begin to fall off. You should also expect to lose some weight and feel hungry as you will not be able to follow your normal diet. Loss of taste, sore tongue, bad breath and jaw pain are also commonly reported after a tonsillectomy. Some people also experience mild to severe nausea after the operation due to the anaesthetic.

Your first challenge will be eating and drinking. The most important advice that anyone can give you about recovering from a tonsillectomy is to drink water. Unfortunately drinking water is extremely painful, especially when the throat is dry .e.g. when you first wake up. However, if you do not drink water, the throat becomes even drier and it is even more painful to drink water. You should keep a bottle of water close to you and sip it as often as you can.

Eating food is also very difficult. The most common food in the first few weeks is ice chips or ice lollies as they both hydrate your throat and numb it at the same time which is very soothing. Rough foods which scrape your throat are painful, yet some doctors recommend rough food as they say it will clean the wound and speed up your recovery. I strongly recommend that you talk to your doctor about your tonsillectomy recovery and find out what foods he or she recommends. Most people in the USA are told to eat soft foods for the first week or so until after the scabs have fallen off and then slowly progress to rougher foods. Popular soft foods are pasta, baby food, jell-o, soup, scrambled egg. Do not eat very acidic or spicy foods or sauces as these will cause pain e.g. tomato based sauces or anything with chillies in it.

You will notice that you develop a heavy grey/yellow/white membrane where the tonsils were removed. This is the scab that is protecting the area where you tonsils were removed. It will slowly go away as you heal. The greatest risk you face is hemorrhaging of the wound. This occurs when the wound opens up and begins to bleed. If it is a very small amount it is usually not a big concern, however if it is more, you need to get urgent medical attention. In all cases, you should contact your doctor immediately or get to the nearest emergency hospital. You should not worry too much about the likelihood of serious hemorrhaging during your tonsillectomy recovery period as less than 4% of people will actually experience it.

Man holding tonsils

Another area to focus on is your sleeping environment. You should plan to make this area as comfortable as possible as this is where you will be spending much of your recovery time. I strongly recommend buying or borrowing a humidifier as it can significantly aid in your tonsillectomy recovery. A humidifier will increase the humidity in air that you breathe and therefore aid in keeping your throat moist. Your sleeping cycle will almost certainly be affected by the medication you take and the pain you experience.Depending on the medication you are prescribed and the schedule for taking it, you may find yourself waking up when the medication begins to wear off and the pain increases.

Most people find themselves sleeping for between four and six hours at a time. It is generally a good idea to set an alarm to take your medication if you may be sleeping as this will also give you some time to drink some water.

Medication is critical during your tonsillectomy recovery. You can expect to be prescribed both a pain killer and anti-biotic. The anti-biotic is used to prevent or control any infection arising from the wound. The pain killers are obviously prescribed to help you manage the pain. You may be prescribed an opioid based pain killer which is very effective. Talk to your doctor and ask him exactly how often you should take your medication and the maximum you can take when the pain is severe.

Remember that after the scabs fall off around days 7-11, your recovery will be rapid. Don’t forget to drink water often and follow your medication schedule. If you have not yet had your tonsillectomy and are planning for it, go out now and buy yourself some of your favourite magazines, books etc. Even although the recovery period is quite short, it feels longer than it is and the more things you have to distract yourself with the better!

If you would like to know more about what to expect before, during and after your tonsillectomy, and exactly how to minimize the pain, have a look at the original Adult Tonsillectomy Survival Guide.

3,434 Responses to “Tonsillectomy Recovery”

  • Cassie:

    Hello, my name is Cassie. I am 22 and I had my tonsillectomy done via the coblation method on October 20th, 2015. I was very nervous after only reading countless horror stories.. saying that the pain was horrible, even people who can tolerate pain can’t tolerate it, and that it’s worse than childbirth.. etc. I even chickened out of my surgery at first, but the second time around I went through with it. Let me tell you first hand,that for me… it wasn’t bad at all, not even close. I’ve never given birth, but after having 12 infections from tonsilitus.. teeth problems, swollen glands, and becoming resistant to penicillin.. I was done, I was ready for them to come out. The second to last time I had tonsillitis I ran a fever of 102 my throat felt so swollen i could hardly swallow water, all I could do was sleep and believe it or not that was 10 times worse than going through this surgery. This was my first surgery, but I arrived at the hospital early, they got me all set up, it took maybe an hour and a half and i was wheeled in for surgery. Once in the surgery room, they lifted me onto another bed and were attaching those heart monitor stickies to me, all i know is whatever they were talking about with me.. i became less coherent, and didn’t even know when I passed out, it was so fast. I remember them saying something like.. the drugs must be kicking in. I woke up, with a mask on… and looked around taking deep breaths in.. i waited for them to take the mask off.. they gave me this long ice pack for my neck.. and I didn’t feel anything.. no pain. About 30 minutes later they wheeled me on down to the room I was first in, made sure I went to the bathroom, which I had to about 3 times from the lactated ringer they put in the iv, gave me a blueberry popsicle.. and I was ready to go home. I took liquid tylenol with this cool burst menthol tasting stuff in it, like every 6 hours.. I took that more than I even had to take the hydracodone liquid medicine. It took me like.. 2 1/2 weeks for me to feel completely better.. but all in all I handled it pretty well.. the worst part for me was coughing whenever i took my medicine. Nothing bad happened, and it didn’t even hurt.. as long as you try not to cough too hard you should be good. The cool burst in the medicine would make me cough and i had to take water with it to get it down, would take me a total of 15 minutes, but I would feel good then. My advice is to take the medicine before the pain starts kicking in, write down when you take it. I was able to sleep fine.. I would wake up about 3 am if I didn’t set my alarm for the medicine.. and not even then did I have a terrible dry throat pain. For me.. I would get that dry/very achey feeling in my throat about 7 to 11 days post op.. i took the hydracodone on some of them and just slept, but still wasn’t as bad as the tonsilitus. I was eating scrambled eggs by day 2, I simply refused to feel like I was starving. The doctor/nurse I had, had said that the sooner I ate food the sooner I would be recovered, well they were right. All in all this is how I got through my recovery so easily. I had also read someones post who went through it easily and followed their advice.

    1. I prepared ahead of time. Go out and buy yourself a cool mist humidifier, you will need this, it will be a life saver as it prevents a dry throat, and reduces inflammation. Put a stand next to your bed if you don’t already have one.. and have it set up and ready to go the night before surgery. There’s a control dial.. I had mine about set in the middle so I had a good amount of vapo liquid going into the air.

    2. Foods, grab every type of food you’ll eat before hand. I grabbed, Gatorade and froze it, blended it and made slushies out of it. Apple juice, full of nutrients you’ll need. Jello, popsicles, dry baby cereal you can heat in milk, eggs for scrambled eggs, jello parfaits, and some canned baby food… to start. I also bought a bag of ice.. and use it to refill the ice bag.. or to put in my slushie/drinks.

    3. I set a small tv up by my bed, with my dvd player and ps2 so I could play games and watch movies during my recovery, best idea ever. I suggest putting your medicine, a cup of water, notepad, pen, and phone.. on your nightstand, it makes it so much easier.

    4. Have ice ready to go, two different packs you can alternate.. and keep it on your neck for 15-20 minutes. It will help a lot with the swelling, I used the ice pack I got from the hospital for the first two weeks before it kinda fell apart.

    5. Whatever you do, do not drink through a straw, or any cups with straws built in. This can cause a blood clot to come lose, and bleeding to start. Same goes for any music instruments you have to blow in.. flutes.. harmonicas. If you love to play music like I do..

    6. Make sure you are drinking water! I drank water every time it was convienient, don’t make it hard on yourself and try and down it.. just everytime you take medicine drink with it, everytime you eat.. drink with it, before you go to lay back down.. drink some water.. and you’ll be fine.

    7. No singing… this was so hard for me… but for 3 weeks, they don’t recommend you do any singing.

    8. Don’t lift anything heavy.. Bend over.. or take hot showers. All of these put you at high risk for bleeding.

    9. Gather up a bunch of movies to watch and games to play.

    10. Everyday is going to be of some level of annoyance to you, but just remind yourself that everyday, you are one day closer to feeling the best you’ve felt in a while.

    Also, for me… I don’t remember the scabs coming off… or even feeling it really so I guess it just kinda happened lol. I had large tonsils with a lot of scarring.. I was out of work for two weeks, and all in all.. my recovery went very smooth.

    Best of luck to everyone having this done, I totally recommend the coblation method.. and I hope this helps to ease your nerves, its kinda like getting a tooth removed in a sense .. no sucking on straws, eating soft food.. you have a raw area… just with a twist of a sore throat.

    • Annquenette:

      Wow! Cassie I greatly appreciate your post. I was really having some reluctance to go forth with this surgery after like yourself, hearing horror stories. Your story is helping me to be more confident in moving forward with the surgery. Thank you so much!

    • Jeffery:

      Cassie thx U for your response im currently one day 7 And I still Havent been able To drink Or Eat for Some reason when i Try and Drink My throat And lower jaw begins to ache TREMANDIOUSLY and idk what to do about it the pain is just to much the sad part is the begining of the recovery it wasnt this bad but any ideas
      This is day 7 of no food or drink i need any help i can get

  • Catherine:

    Sleep apnea is able to be cured with good health and strnog lungs. When you exercise practice good breathing, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Practice breathing right. Most people forget how’ to breath even though most are born with the instinct of doing correctly, we simply uncorrected it. You’ll notice when a baby is breathing the stomach goes up and down. A child, young adult or adult who has forgotten how to breath correctly with breath with their full bodies, shoulders moving up and down. If you’re not sure how you breathe, lay down on the ground and place a book on your stomach to see if it moves when you breathe. Breathing correctly will help your lungs.My daughter had sleep apnea, came of CPAP, had to wear an alarm for a while but with increasing good health was able to come off and it’s been gone for years now.

    • Kyle Lots:

      No, sleep apnea isn’t able to be cured by “good health” and “strong lungs” as it has nothing to do with either. Sleep apnea is the obstruction of air through your throat. “Strong lungs” won’t fix an obstruction.
      Giving out false medical information is extremely dangerous.

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  • Tonia:

    Day 16: still struggling. White patches and redness at the back of the throat. REALLY? What is taking so long for me to heal and what is that, is that the scabs and why is it not going away. the back of my throat burns, is itchy and feels like flim. I am ready to move on, please say this is almost over and what do I do???

    • Tonia:

      Oh and the ear pain still comes and goes. I am miserable still. Maybe not as bad as earlier, but I am going to end up taking two more days off. Three weeks all together. that is crazy!!! Not what I expected.

      • Mrsfoust:

        I completely get what your saying & what you went through omg it is horrible!! I wish I had never done it! I honestly do not think this surgery should ever be preformed on adults period!! Only &. I do mean only if it’s an absolute emergency should be down bc it’s just too ridiculous all of it.. & some people actually have permitted damage from this crap like me!! I devolved tinnitus afterwards & that’s forever ugh.. these stories definitely helped me get through the bull shit but one thing I can’t seem to comprehend is after reading everyone’s borrow stores at the end of each one would say “yeah it’s worth it, if your thinking about it just do it” that sort of crap. No don’t do it that’s my advice!!!

  • Joe:

    I had a uppo, tonsillectomy and base-tongue reduction done 3 days ago. The right side of stitches fell apart and told my doc about it and sent a photo. He said its normal. It left a pretty big cavity back there and worried a bit about it. Food and bacteria getting stuck there or it might not heal correctly. The loose flap is creating a dime-sized cavity. Is this normal 3 days into the recovery process?

  • Joe:

    Just wanted to follow up and say losing stitches early on can be normal and everything is healing correctly.

  • Hollie Alexander:

    I’m 17 and I had my tonsils taken out on Monday morning and it’s now Friday night (5day) and one side is white (as it has been since day one) and the other side has just changed to a red colour, no white at all. It looks like a blood blister or bleeding under the skin, I just need to know whether this is a concern or not because I’ve been reading that bleeding can be a major concern but it’s not actually bleeding it’s under the skin:/ And there’s nothing in my mouth it’s only on my tonsil area. Slightly worried …

    • Tami:

      The white part is the scab. The reddish looking part is probably the scab coming off. It should get lighter, then pink, then should be like the same color as the rest of the inside of your mouth.

  • kurt g:

    Hello. I had my tonsils taken out on January 18th. Today is day 11 of the recovery process for me, and my throat feels fine…. except it feels like I have something stuck where my tonsil used to be on the right side of my throat. It hurts very bad when I swallow… and it is only on the right side of my throat. Is this normal? Is this inflammation? Or should I get it checked by an ENT? Like I said, my left side feels perfect, only pain I have is constantly on the right.. sharp obstructing pain.

    • Alistair:

      I am 14 days since my tonsils removal and my symptoms are exactly the same! Left side pretty good, right side has a sore spot that refuses to go away and has the same feeling as when a large tonsil stone would be stuck before my tonsils were removed. I feel like I want something to pop out the right side and relieve me but there’s nothing to be seen. Let me know if you have got past this problem and how.

      • Irene:

        Hi Alistair,

        I have the same problem. Did it resolve itself in your case? I am getting scared that this won’t go away…


      • Tita:

        Hi Alistair. I am on my 4th week after tonsillectomy and the left one still has the sticthes on. I can feel it sometimes like there’s a sharp thing poking in. It won’t dissolve and I think it’s kinda stuck there. How long did your finally gone and feel better about it?

    • Irene:

      Hi Kurt,

      I have the exact same problem. Did it resolve itself in your case? I am getting scared that this won’t go away…

  • Sarah:

    I’m on day 3 post op from Tonsillectomy; I’m 45 but got freak episodes of strep last year that landed me in the ICU with neck swelling etc. This recovery has been more painful than I anticipated. I’ve lost 4 lbs already, and swallowing water is unbelievably difficult. As long as I’m not talking, eating, etc the pain is 2-3. With swallowing its closer to a 7-8. I have a lot of referred ear pain with swallowing.
    My biggest issue is that my uvula has swollen up to the size of my finger. It also has scabs on it, so I’m thinking my ENT nabbed it with the cautery. Not fun. I am sleeping propped up to prevent choking on it, and swallowing water or medication is difficult..its coming out my nose.

    It looks like I’m pretty much par for the course, though. Thank you all for sharing your stories.

    A few tips:
    Humidifier by bedside.
    Wedge pillow or lots of pillows to keep propped up sleeping
    Foods I thought I would like I can’t eat. Baked tofu is savory but soft, and not as friable as an egg. Smoothies are impossible with gobs of phlegm. Mac and cheese, gnocchi, all good. Juices have hurt too much.
    Cool or room temperature water is better than icechips
    Ice gel packs for my neck and ears have been lifesavers!
    Get up and walk, even if around house.
    Pill splitter/crusher good for non-liquid meds.
    In US, steroids not used much post op due to impaired healing and increased risk of infection. Too bad, I wish I had some.
    I’m constantly swishing cool water around mouth and throat, even if I can’t swallow it, its keeping the scabs moist. I’ve had a few small flecks fall off. Hopefully this process continues.
    Take daily shower and keep clean. Helps you feel better anyway!
    I hope the 2nd half of my recovery is better than this!
    Timing my food/water intake with pain meds. Taking hydrocodone every 4 hrs. There’s about a 30 min window where pain is tolerable… I make sure my food is available, and wash it down with plenty of water. I really can’t get down much at other times.

    • Melissa Nicole:

      I got my tonsils removed on the 16th so I’m on day 2/ approaching day 3, and the pain is unbearable I didn’t think it could get any worse yet it has, I slept reasonably fine however have woken up in excruciating pain! I’m hoping this gets better soon… I’m obsessed with hearing people’s experiences to know when I may start to feel better!!

      • Kayla Marie:

        Hi Melissa! We got ours out on the same day it sounds like.. this has been so horrible! I feel like we should be about halfway there… im hoping so anyways! I have to fight to swallow even the tiniest sip of water

  • Tia Charlesworth:

    I had my tonsils and adanoids out 4 days ago and it has been a rough few days but day 4 and can just manage to eat “proper food” It hurts to swallow most of the time and I find it hard to drink sometimes but drinking water does help the thing that I find strange is that when I drink/take medication my mouth goes all mucasy and even after I clean my mouth it wont go or it just dries out untill I drink again it is not very pleasant dose anyone know how to stop it.

    • Eileen:

      The phlegm will slow down……. I was using tons of tissues to remove it from my mouth …?And used Difflam mouth wash 4 times a day

  • Eileen:

    Hi. Had mine out 11 days ago . It’s been hell !! Gagging , phlegm , infection , I have found gargling with the dissolvable paracetamol helps (once I wasn’t gagging) and Difflam oral rinse us soooo good .

    • Gary:

      My wife is getting hers out Thursday. I’m wondering how will she take her pain medicine.

      • Eileen:

        I’m in my 3rd week. It’s been hell .im only just eating as long as I have a glass of water by my side . I’m age 60 so that’s probably why it’s been tough. I couldn’t take pain killers as I was gagging. It’s important to keep on top of the pain killers every 4 hours . You can take liquid ibroprofen and liquid paracetamol . I found the liquid too thick to swallow . Ended up back in hospital where I had infection on my tongue where they had done biopsy , so I managed t get intravenous pain relief. Be prepared to set alarm for every 3 1/2 hours in the night to take pain killers . You wake up with the pain and throat is very sore. Very thin cuppa soup is all o have managed and of course sips of water. Hope your wife is OK X

  • Carrie:

    I am 47 years old and on day 5 of my recovery from a tonsillectomy. It appears I’m one of the very unlucky few who have adverse reactions to any pain killers. I am in so much pain it’s literally driving me insane..Ive slept for maybe a max of 2 hours a time and wake up suddenly from sleep feeling as though I am choking. Which starts a panic attack. I’m not choking but wake up feeling that way. I feel I’m unable to relax and fall asleep. I’ve tried ibuprofen, tramadol (still bad reaction) and Tylenol…I don’t know what else to try. Any suggestions?

    • Jennifer:

      Hey Carrie…so sorry about your pain. I just had my tonsillectomy on 2/24/16…I am so ready for this recovery to be over. I am taking pain meds and then doing children’s Motrin in between. Be packs on my throat seem to help as well and I just keep drinking ice water-that seems to help a bit. Ugh….I literally feel your pain…hang in there.

    • Hannah9695:

      I am going through the same situation I cant sleep with out flu blocking my airway which makes me freak out

  • Tami:

    I just had my tonsillectomy yesterday. I think I’m doing pretty good, mostly feels like a sore throat. I take my Percocet every 3-4 hours. Had oatmeal for breakfast this morning. I enjoy ice cream, but I think I will stick more w/ sorbet, the dairy leaves an unpleasant feeling in my mouth. I’m told most people report pain kicking in around day 3.

    My tonsils were small, but very infected when they were removed. I’ve dealt with tonsil stones for years, on and off, but 5 times in the last year, the last time landing me in the ER because I couldn’t get it out, I had enough so decided to get the surgery.

    One thing I’ve noticed that is weird is trying to blow my nose on the right side (which is also the side I had the most problems with my tonsil), I can’t seem to put enough pressure internally to blow my nose. Is that normal? Taking cold and allergy medicine on top of my pain meds seems to help, but hoping things will get better so I can blow my nose normally. Thanks!

  • Riley:

    I had my tonsillectomy in August due to having strep too much and being on antibiotics kept lowering my immune system so I decided to just go through the surgery to not always have to be dealing with strep. Surgery went well but recovery was horrible and I don’t want to lie about this and it is the worst pain I have ever experienced in my life. Prepare yourself for almost sleepless nights, bad breath, always having a bad taste in your mouth, and not being able to drink or eat because it hurts so bad. I had to go to the hospital 2 times to get saline because I was so dehydrated. I was weak and had an allergic reaction to my pain meds and had to switch to different pain meds. I am so happy I went through this because it is way better than having strep over and over again, ever since my tonsilectimy I haven’t had any throat pain since!

  • Tim:

    I’m 59 years old and had my toncils removed on March 10th. My problem was my tonsils started to look like deflated balloons and began capturing and holding food. This started about two years ago and I would clean them out anytime I felt food back there. But since I could see only a small part of my tonsils, I could never be sure I got it all. I was convinced I wasn’t getting all of the food when last summer, I started getting repeated ear aces, something I hadn’t had since I was very young, and sinus infections. I went to an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor in January and he told me the only way to stop it was to take’m out.
    As a kid it seemed like everybody had their tonsils removed and hearing horror stories about it virtually all of my life, and reading on line testamonials about the experience, I was expecting the worst. I was expecting the experience I had with the one and only bout I ever had with strep throat when I was in my 30’s. UNBEARABLY PAINFUL to swallow!
    Well, for me, this was a cake walk. When I got home the day of the surgery, I waited for the pain. Day one, day two, day three, four, five and every day after, I waited for the pain. It never came!?! I can honestly say that my discomfort never raised to the level of even a mild sore throat! What? That’s right, minor discomfort which was the worst when drinking cold liquids or soft foods. So I drank room temperature liquids and soft foods.That’s it. I don’t know why I seem to have gotten so lucky. Perhaps my pain threshold is high due to a lifetime of injuries like broken bones, cartilage damage in my knee, torn rotator cuff, Zoster (shingles) which was a thousand time worse on the pain scale. Almost five weeks post tonsillectomy, all seems back to normal. Yahoo!!!!! I wish everyone could have the same experience with this procedure as I had.

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    • Christi:

      Day 3 recovery, am 58 yrs old and had ear tubes put in as well… Sleep is impossible and pain radiates into ears. Headache from not eating, sips of room temperature water VERY often works best for me even though it DOES hurt like hell. Milk also is soothing, DISTRACTION by tv, board games that don’t require physical exertion, music, having someone read out loud all help but foot, leg and arm massages are GREAT for me. We bought an American Sign Language book and have been learning as a distraction and a communication tool, it’s interesting, fun, helpful, and I can ask my hubby for something from across the room. Both finger spelling and signs for some everyday, often used things has been SO WORTH IT. The book was basic, cheap and we have now shared with grand baby… He can’t talk yet but learned how to ‘sign’ milk and eat in on just a few days, not bad for a baby(I knew a bit of ASL years ago) this too shall pass, remember this IS something that takes TIME. I know, I suffer on-going chronic pain syndrome from various medical conditions, have good and bad days and moments but we CAN get through this, we are strong, keep looking forward and keep doing whatever works in that moment to make even the slightest improvement knowing this is all fluid so to speak and what works one minute may not work the next, but may work again tomorrow… Smiles are free and go along way and believe me I cry in pain at different times EVERY day so I’m not just blowing smoke up your you know what. Best wishes and good thoughts

  • JJ:

    18 years old and currently on day three of recovery. So far, my experience has not been the best but if you’re debating whether or not to go through with the surgery, just do it. You’ll be better off in the long run. I wasn’t nervous about getting my tonsils taken out, but when I woke up after the surgery, my body didn’t react well to the anesthesia and I hyperventilated for a bit. Nothing too serious, yet scary since I wasn’t mentally nervous or confused, it was just my body. I didn’t wake up with much pain, obviously, but when the nurses tried feeding me a lollipop, I threw it up and overall felt really nauseous. They gave me pain medicine after I woke up which might be why I threw up. Ten minutes after I left the hospital I threw up again and third time that day at home. They prescribed me hydrocodone/acetaminophen which I stopped taking the second day in the morning since it made me so nauseous. For now I am sticking to liquid acetaminophen which has helped but my throat, jaw, and almost ears are aching. I’ve had trouble swallowing even water, and different stuff like pedialyte, apple sauce, and apple juice leave my throat coated in film and make it difficult to swallow my spit.

  • Laurie:

    My husband had tonsillectomy and lymphectomy on June 6th. He stopped taking hydrocodone on 6th day of recovery. It was making him angry and giving him fever and chills. His ear and jaw started aching around day 6 also. Swallowing has been the only other source of pain. Milk has been soothing to swallow. Broth or strained soups have been his primary diet. I blend soups but they are still too thick to this day, day 10. He adds more water to broth consistency. He is not sleeping well due to the mucus build up. So daytime energy is very low. His demeanor is off too. I can’t describe it. He just hasn’t been the same since the surgery. We are both looking forward to complete healing.

  • Lucy:

    I’m only on day 2 so maybe too soon to be commenting but I heard so many horror stories that put me off getting my tonsils out and instead suffered with weekly tonsilitis and missing a lot of university because I was too scared! This pain doesn’t even come close to the pain from tonsilitis. I think I must’ve had a good surgeon as I’ve had 0 complications and the nurses were all showing eachother how good my throat was haha.. But there are good stories as well as bad ones so don’t be put off! Hurting to swallow but I’m saving my codeine for when the scabs come off so just pushing through atm. Was eating within a few hours of the op and am currently eating porridge, toast and scrambled eggs. Hoping that my recovery stays this way and I don’t get any bleeding or infection! Back of my mouth is slowly becoming more covered in white stuff, which I understand to be the scabs. Uncomfortable but much less so than huge tonsils! Good luck to everybody else recovering!

  • Laura:

    I’m 18 years old and got my tonsils out 7 days ago. this morning after breakfast (corn soup, gatorade, jello, tofu) i was brushing my teeth and i felt something stuck at the bottom of my throat, so i spit and coughed out a black ball shaped thing and freaked out. I asked my mom and she said it was the stitches but is that normal? I’ve been searching everywhere on the internet about this happening to someone else and i can’t find a thing.

  • Joey:

    I am 23 years old, male and had my tonsils taken out Wednesday (august24th). First day wasn’t bad because of the drugs they had me on. When they wore off (at night) I didn’t end up sleeping. The t3s that they gave me worked fine but okay
    For a couple hours then wore off. Day 3 there was complications. I started to bleed..a lot. I spit up a bowl full of blood. I was rushed back to th e hospital to have my throat re cauterized. I was awake while they did this. The process was not painful but uncomfortable because he had to shove a bunch of nasty tasting shit in my throat and scrape out the clots the fix the bleeding. It envolvrd s need going into my throat to freeze it. After that whole process I went home and have been major pain since. I’m forcing my self to drink water but I’m spitting it up a it because it is not going down well. The t3s have been getting stuck in my throat so I’ve had to start crushing them and mixing them with Gatorade. Still only lasts for an hour or two. Right now I’m Laying in bed. Only on day 4, but it’s kind of like day 2 since they cauterized the right side yesterday. This is the worst experience I’ve had in my life to date. Hate to sound like s baby but it’s true. I better start feeling better by the end of the week. Cause this is too much.

  • Karen:

    I had my tonsillectomy 4 days ago on my 61st birthday, from what I have seen I am older than most people who have this done. I was having very bad headaches for months. The ENT I had seen told me there was nothing wrong with me. My doctor sent me for a MRI and to another ENT Dr.Chastain, who right away did an exam of my throat and knew something was wrong. After looking at the MRI he saw something and said I would need to get the tonsils out. The surgery was scheduled, done, and now I am home recouping. I did read some of the posts here before my surgery and to be a little in control of some things, here are what I did before my big day

    1. washed all my bedding, got new pillow and p.j.’s – wanted to be comfortable
    2. bought a pill crusher food and drinks together, lots of jello, applesauce, popsicles, mashed potatoes (a friend stopped by with babyfood peaches and pears, I thought was a joke but really is good and mixes well with ground up meds.)
    4.made sure I had books, computer, paper, pencils. T.V. was set to go

    First day and most of next day out of surgery was a blur, have had a lot of pain at swallowing and earaches bad, but is tolerable. Am glad that I got a pill crusher, adding pills to food and taking them on time has been helpful. Today I had a bleeding thing happen but a quick call to the doctors – was told to get ice water and hold it in the back of my mouth for a few seconds and do this a couple of times to stop the bleeding – thankfully it worked.
    and am so grateful for this website where I got a lot of the information -scary and not so scary- on what to really expect. Thank you all
    Hopefully next year my birthday will be more fun!

    • Karen:

      F.Y.I., I think my bleeding was caused in part by a strawberry smoothie, the seeds seemed to cut into the scabs, and then talking even a little made them bleed a lot, Live and Learn!

      • Karen:

        One week out and wishing I were a quick healer. Dr. called and pathology of tissue showed it was a benign lump YAY. Still am real tired feeling and have pain when swallowing and slight earache and tongue in back hurts (feels like it is swollen and raw). Have tried eating regular food and it tastes good! A little hard to swallow but worth it! No tomato or spicy foods of course. Two nights ago I woke up and felt like I was choking on a wet tissue paper, must have been scar tissue because I had a slight pinkish spit-up (yuck) now it is a bit less sore and I have been getting a few things done. My advice to anyone doing this is to be prepared and let your body heal at its’ own pace. Good luck

  • Sabrina:

    well I am currently on day 6 of recovery after my tonsillectomy. Not only have i already lost 12 pounds but i also had extreme nausea and vomitting. I have bad anxiety so this recovering process is hard. I still worry that the vomittig has caused damage to the area but im still fighting. I suggest if anyone has difficulty eating, drinking and keeping fluids down to contact your dr immediately. I wish i had before i threw up again because i had passed out even though i wasnt considered dehydrated. They prescribed me a tiny dissolving pill that is supposed to help keep you hydrated even if you then throw up (which in my case it has significantly helped keep everything down so far). I never realized how much pain i would actually be in and the pain medication they gave me is the main reason i was continually sick. I am still unable to do a lot of daily functions as i get very tired very quickly. This is not something i recommend anyone do unless it is 100% absolutely necessary.

  • ciara:

    Im 20 years old and just had my tonsils removed. I must admit I was terrified going into my surgery but I agree with so many of the replies above , I had nothing to worry about. My mother as it happens is a nurse and works on the E.N.T (ear,nose and throat) ward in our local hospital so I couldnt have had better care following my surgery. I was instructed to eat rougher foods such as toast and crisps(or potatoe chips) to aid a speedy recovery and its definitely mde it easie. I have been slowly making my way through every meal my family has made to my surprise. Yhogurts and ice cream are actuallly the foods I have more trouble with because they can take longer to wash off the tonsil beds (which is obviously dangerous).As long as you push through take all of your medication as scheduled , drink plenty of water and get plenty of rest you shouldnt have much bother with your recovery.

  • Jennifer:

    Ok so I had my tonsils out today 11/4/2016 at 9am home by 11:45, that’s including a 45 min drive
    So I ate some warm soup for lunch then dinner ate mashed potatoes and very fine shredded chicken, pain in my throats started tonight about 9pm my uvuala is swollen so instead of doing ice I did icy hot on my neck front and back and on my jaw. It feels soooo good now I did spray my mouth with cloriseptic spray 5 squirts all over drank my bottle of water and now I am so comfortable laying here while my cool mist humidifier is blowing.

  • Heather:

    I am on day 5 of recovery. The first day wasn’t so bad. Day 2 I was in constant pain and my uvula was so swollen that I felt like I couldn’t swallow. I had trouble laying down and sleeping so I decided to sleep upright in a chair. Don’t remember much about day because I was heavily medicated and weak. On the 4th day I got up and took a shower. As soon as I got out I started feeling dizzy and felt extremely nauseated. I called the doctrine on call and she said that everything was about to get about 10 times worse. Not exactly what I wanted to hear. I feel like I’m choking, nauseated, weak, headache, and my throat is thick was saliva that is making me swallow a lot. I haven’t ate in 2 days. I started drinking sweet tea last night. By the way I’ve already lost 6lbs. I’m sure there will be more weight shed. I don’t think people understand how hard this on adults. I’m 38 years old and I’d rather give birth 10 times over than go through this. I’ve had 4 surgeries and this is by far worst. I don’t really know what to recommend to eat because I haven’t had any good luck so far. I’ve tried Popsicles, they hurt my throat. Tried chicken broth but it would come through my nose and choke me. Tried mashed potatoes and they were too thick. So I’ve had water with a few sips of soup here and there.

  • Noah:

    Hi everyone, 18 Years old and on day 5 of my recovery… Knew the post op was going to be bad, but I actually managed much better than most people. Day 2 sucked the worst, don’t get me wrong. I couldn’t eat anything, I threw up brown bile from the surgery, but after that day, on day 3, I was able to eat red robin for dinner and somewhat sleep… I thought I was in the clear until the scabs fell ff around day 5 like everyone said but early morning of day 4 I woke up with a terrible dry throat and pain from ear to ear. Thought my scabs may have come off early and was very happy to be going through the pain quicker and earlier than normal. No bleeding or anything and then I realized this morning ( day 5 ) that now my scabs are finally coming off… So I’ve been peaking for about 30 hours now and hopefully will end after tonight when my scabs are fully off… Just wanted to say this surgery is worth it and the recovery sucks but don’t be a hero, stay on pain meds while you can and take stool softeners. Trust me it’ll save you extra pain.

  • Danielle:

    Day 9, to any reading this who is considering having the op DONT, I regret it so much worst pain iv ever been through and I have children, have had an operation on my spine, broken many bones and so on. There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel, today I managed to start talking a little more and managed to eat something that wasn’t liquid, I thought I had turned a corner but then tonight the pain is just as bad as always, i wish I had looked in to the recovery before I had it done as I just took the advice from my mum that it would be fine in a few days as hers was but she had it done as a child same as my little brother, recovery for adults is much worse! This is the biggest regret of my life!

  • Kay:

    I got my surgery done the 12th. Thought all was going normally and fine but I just woke up with a very dry sore throat. I tried to swallow, HUGE MISTAKE and swallowing water was an even bigger mistake lol.i swallowed it anyway then used chloraseptic spray to numb my throat until my next dose of meds. Any solutions for waking up with the dry throat?? Cough drops? Humidifier? Oh please someone help.

  • Idris:

    I had tonsil stones for years and surgery was the only permanent solution for me. I had my surgery done on December 23, 2016 and it was not nearly as bad as I expected from reading people’s experiences online. I might be one of the lucky ones but the wort part of my recovery was side effect of my anti inflammatory pills. I’d recommend a humidifier though as that’s when it hurts more. I’ve been keeping a daily blog to document my recovery with pictures. If you’re interested you can check it out here:

  • Krissy:

    Hey guys,

    Thought I would give a brief review of my experience of a tonsillectomy so you know what to expect. I also had a haemorrhage on day 9. Dang it!

    I won’t lie, I was quite surprised at the pain, a few people I know had it done said they were ok. I was not! The pain was absolutely excruciating when it peaked! That was around days 5-9. And a definite 10/10! The only medication that helped me was Soluble Solpadeine (a paracetomol/codeine/caffeine mix) and diclofenac (strong anti inflammatories). I tried tramadol, but it made me extremely woozy and nauseaus (I think it contributed to the haemorrhage as I took it the night before day 9 and it made me sick)

    I started on soft foods, soups, mac and cheese, softened corn flakes but I didn’t eat alot until today (i’m on day 10 of recovery). For some reason I couldn’t tolerate ice cream as it made my throat so claggy at the back. It is quite painful and you sort of feel like you are choking on the food but stick with it and wash it down with some water. Some things work for some and some things work for others. The main things that worked for me were, steaming! It took the pain from my jaw and moistened my throat when I woke up in agony, so if you are still not due pain meds I would recommend this to help! And secondly, DO NOT LAY FLAT, biggest regret ever! I didn’t realise until I woke up in excruciating pain choking on my phlegm. Iced water didn’t help me it hurt me a bit more, but as I said each to their own, you will find things that work for you just keep trying.

    I am sat in my hospital bed on day 10, the first day I have managed a full bowl of porridge (felt like heaven!) especially after dropping 7kg! Yesterday morn, I woke up feeling quite good, and suddenly needed to vomit, it was bright red and just kept coming even with the ice water they recommend. We called the NHS line (I am in UK) and they told us to go straight to emergency. On the way there I thought the bleeding had stopped and out of no where I started vomiting blood clots (must have been swallowing blood in my sleep), about a pint full. It was pretty nasty, but I was brought in quite quickly. I was so terrified they were going to take me back into surgery but they waited and it seems to have subsided. According to the ENT specialist he thinks I had an infection at the same time as my recovery (no wonder the pain was so bad), so after several IVs of antibiotics and pain killers I feel a good 50% better than I have this whole time.

    When I was reading these posts and people were saying it does get better, you can do it etc, I literally wanted to scream because I could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. I genuinely felt like I wished I had never done it. Now that the pain has subsided a bit I guarantee once you hit this point you will be much happier, and better knowing they are all gone! I still have a bit to go as there are still some scabs, and praying to god I don’t bleed again but it is what it is. We all recover differently and it may take more or less time, just have faith in yourself, take your pen meds religously and remember why you got it done in the first place. I promise you it gets better! (I know a few will read this and go when! for gawds sake when!!!!) It will I promise!!!!!

  • Gilly:

    Thank you all your posts are keeping me going. It’s good to know i am not alone. Age 41 day seven. Fed up now. First four days so easy then downhill. Looking forward to an end. People expect you to be better each day hard to explain you are getting worse. Hopefully a couple more days and pain will ease. Keep going…

  • Emily W:

    Hey. Just had my tonselectomy on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017. The first 3 days were probably the worst, more neck pain and jaw pain then anything though. I ate chicken nuggets about 2 hours after my surgery and was completely fine, and have been eating normal since. Still, I have been eating less then I usually would simply because my jaw gets very tired from chewing. But I’m having a very small amount of pain…can’t even call it pain, more like discomfort, haven’t had to take any pain killers at all, I took Tylenol on day three because my neck was hurting a bit but that was the only time. I head so many horror stories about this surgery that it almost scared me into not doing it! I know it’s different for everyone, but in my case this surgery was/is kinda a breeze so far.

  • JosephIsoke:

    Thus, any deviation by a medical part neither I nor my husband was not observed. Just after the birth of children living somehow twirled, time itself was less, and the word came to be associated bed only with sleep. First breaks in the love of copulation were small – 2 week without sex already considered long term, but then these gaps in private life grew and grew, and now a couple of months without caresses considered normal. The alarm has sounded me. At first I began to suspect her husband’s infidelity, but no proof is found. Then he decided that he did not just became interested in and began to experiment with the appearance: hair has changed, bought beautiful clothes, began to throw in the direction of the faithful languorous glances. Sex I have achieved, but too fast and some … boring. Most were upset and went to consult a specialist, where I advised the use of sildenafil.

  • Annevieve:

    I have had tonsillectomy septoplasty a month ago.. I feel it’s the worst thing I’ve done in my life.. day 1 with plugs in my nose I tried to have water as I was very thirsty and hungry.. the water went straight up my nose from my throat .got choked and couldn’t swallow anything even saliva was difficult to swallow.. now after a month I have this awful feeling on the back of my tongue like it’s number with a distant pain drinking liquids is still very uncomfortable. .will this ever go away? My speech has also been slurred.

  • Baan:

    Female 26, I had massive tonsils and scarring so i figured this wouldn’t be a walk in the park but i didn’t realise just how bad it would be.

    Day 1 (Surgery). Couldn’t eat anything, they kept me over night and I kept puking.

    Day 2. Still couldn’t eat anything. Water was coming out my nose when i drank and I was still nausous. They wanted to keep me another day but i burst into tears and they let me go so long as i could eat something. I ate a small nearly liquid like tub of lemon jelly. Which also came out my nose.

    Day 3. Puked again. The meds they had me on were making me hallucinate. So i stopped talking the tramadol and kept taking liquid childrens panadol and anti nausia waffers. I could eat liquid soup without chunks. It would sometimes come out my nose.

    Day 4. Still not completely there, and unable to eat anything too rough. I managed to eat a small about of instant mash potato watered down with gravy. Still puking and feeling weak.

    Day 5. Same as day 4 only i can’t eat the mash anymore it’s too painful so it’s back to trying to eat condensed soup. I can’t stand the smell of rotting flesh it makes me vomit, i chuck up some scabs, only small amounts.

    Day 6. Slushies are probably the only real source of calories I’m getting which is sad. They are however reducing the swelling. My ears are in so much pain i started taking the Tramadol again. It does nothing for the pain. I’m back to hallucinating about sandwiches. I want real food so bad. The smell coming from my throat is so bad it clears out any room I’m in. It’s so disgusting.

    Day 7. Managed to eat some scrabled eggs. Not much though as it was far too painful and i keep choking as it felt like bits were getting stuck. Ate some custard which was great but it leaves mucus behind which is anooying. The ear pain is still horrible and I have a feeling I have Oral Thrush as my tounge is still white and fluffy. Going to go to my GP tomorrow to see if it is thrush as it can slow down healing. Family ate pizza, i was so jealous. I wanted to try to eat it but my jaw is in a whole world of pain, that i can barely open my mouth or swallow. When I eat or drink liquids they still come out my nose. Tried v8 and it burnt like crazy coming up.

    Day 8. I’ve lost 8lbs since the Op. Can’t eat jack diddley squat and I’m in so much pain. The scabs are becoming thinner but i imagine they’ll be around for a whole month as they are very thick. The smell from them has gotten worse. It bothers my Partner and my GP said there’s nothing you can really do about it but wait until all the scabs are gone, then i can go back to my old mouth washes and I should be fine. The ear pain is probably the worst followed by the pain around my tounge which stops me drinking. I really want real food. I didn’t think this Op would be this bad. Every day leading up to it I’ve thought that i wish i never went through with it. My nurse on day 2 said she was going to go through with a tonsilletomy but seeing her patients put her off it and she decided it’s not worth getting. I guess If it’s bad enough maybe it’s worth it but for me i think I’d prefer tonsilitis 10times a year and bad breath from the stones. We’ll see how I feel at the 1 week mark. My anniversary is around then. I hope i can eat something more than soup.

    • Baan:

      2 week mark*

      • Baan:

        Day 9 at 2:30pm i had a bleed, it was bad, really bad. It’s day 10 my bleed formed a clot so i won’t need surgery. If i dont bleed for 24hours i get to go home.
        Anyone know how long until i’m out of the bleeding to death risk zone? I’m so scared to go home. I read that 1 out of 15000 die from this surgery. I regret having it at 26. Will keep posted unless i die

  • Penny:

    I had tonsillectomy 6 weeks ago … I still have lingering jaw pain . Has anyone else had experienced this ?thanks

  • Coryn:

    Hi! I’m Coryn and I’m 18 years old, female. I had my tonsils removed on March 27th, 2017, just about 2-3 days ago. Fun story about my surgery; and recovery time since. However as I have anxiety I was extremely stressed about this surgery, especially with it being my first (and I’ve just always had a fear of surgeries and needles). They were super nice though and I was able to bring a pillow/stuffed animal of mine to help. So story time!

    When I first got there I had to sign a few forms. As I signed the last one I got nauseous and warm because of nerves and started crying. I went into the bathroom to calm down and I farted which relieved some stress. I cuddled my pink Owl pillow until they called me back into the room. They make someone come with you for the surgery since you’re not allowed to go home alone, so in this case I had my mom come back with me.
    So when I got into the prep room the nurse made me change into the gown, socks and a hair-net/cap in the bathroom, and to my delight I was allowed to stay in my bra and undies. I was selfconcious about having to potentially be fully naked. I was also supposed to pee in a cup so they could do a pregnancy test, (as all women are required to do before a surgery and anesthesia) but I hadn’t had any food or liquids for 24 hours before my surgery so I kinda couldn’t pee. Apparently its usually nothing for 12 hours before, not 24. 
    It was at this time the nurse was going to put an IV in my arm so I could get some fluids into me and hopefully take the pregnancy test. (Also I was just going to have an IV anyways) and I got super anxious again and was crying. The nurse was super nice; She gave me a warm blanket and she told me to look away when she put the IV in my wrist, but because and I didn’t listen too well she playfully put my owl pillow in my face. This did help some of my anxiety for a bit as it made me laugh. While I did receive fluids, I was still unable to take the pregnancy test.

    Eventually the anesthesiologist came in and just said to not do the pregnancy test, especially since I had my period the week before. They saw how I was still stressed and tried to assure me that I was going to be fine… But their reassurance didn’t make the fear to away so I was still crying. Even when they said That the worst part was over – Putting in IV – I anxiously responded with “no its not I still have to have the surgery and recovery”. Because I was so clearly distressed, they decided to give me something for anxiety. They put it in through my IV and for about 15 seconds I didnt feel anything – but when it hit me I was loopy. And it was so weird it made me laugh because I had never felt that before. While my body was was relaxed my brain still had the crying reflex on.  They decided I was okay to taken into the surgery room, so they wheeled my chair in. While I was on this drug, I was still somehow aware of the equipment and lights in the room and like 3 people setting things up. They asked me to get up and lay down on the operating table that was covered in a white cloth, with my head on one side where a towel was. The table had these cool arm things that moved that Made me think of Jesus at the tims. After I layed down I was just “oh they are puting stickers on me” when they put 3 sensor things on me (I didn’t know what they were at the time but they were likely vital sign monitors) one on my hip and one on each farside of my collar bone. Still druggy but not on anesthesia, I thought the over head light in the surgery room looked pretty when it wasn’t on because it looked rainbow colored. They moved my arms and proceeded to wrap me like a baby on the table (so I don’t move) then they gave me anesthesia. I assumed the put it in through an IV, but I wasn’t super aware at that point. I was still crying in the surgery room but I didn’t feel super upset because of the drugs. They asked me to count down from 100 and I went straight to 98 and they laughed; “Okay that’s fine” and then that’s about all I remember.

    Next thing I knew I was in a room by myself hooked up to a vital sign monitor machine cuddling my owl pillow, half awake with my throat feeling odd. I had woken up apparently shortly after they brought me into the recovery room. When the nurse came to check on me I couldn’t help but asking a lot of questions even though Ibwasnt supposed to speak; “how did it go” “was it fine” and “what did they do with my tonsils” “where did my hat go” “oh its nice they gave me my pillow”. They eventually told me to sleep and stop talking, so I kinda layed there in a drozy state with my eyes closed and my pillow pulled to my chest. I woke again and I began to ask for things. For example,  “I want my cat” (I said that a lot because the nurse didn’t seem to understand what I said) and “I want my mom” and “I want a popsicle” and “I want my boyfriend” Being on anesthesia was weird.
    I saw that every movement made my heart rate go up a smidge which was interesting and cool to me. My mom had gone to get my prescriptions while I slept – pain meds as well as antibiotics.

    They gave me my own room instead of the row of beds with curtains In between, which I figured was because of my anxiety and because I was the first surgery of the say.
    They were nice though and brought me a cup of crushed ice for me to drink (I chewed the ice though and my mom had to spoon feed it to me). I was in the recovery room until about 11:30, (and my surgery was at about 8:15) and just before I left I had to pee. (Which was good because it meant I had fluids in me). They removed my IV and checked my vitals one last time. I couldn’t walk well because I was still on drugs, so they wheeled me to the bathroom so I could actually pee and then change into my clothes. My mom had offered to help me but I was okay and didn’t need it.
    After I had changed, They wheeled me out to our car and then I came home., had a popsicle and my pain meds and fell asleep.

    After that, well I took my pain meds. We had stocked up the day before my surgery with things I would likely eat – cream of wheat, mashed potstoes, popcicles, sherbet, nutrient drinks, apple sauce, juice, gatorade, Metamucil, pudding and Jello.
    My Doctor did say that I needed to only have liquids for the first week and then I can start introducing soft foods. The mash potatoes and cream-of-wheat were fine; we just used instant packages of each since those aren’t chuncky and added extra liquid to make sure they were smooth and thin. The nutrient drinks have been my best friend so far and I’m surprised more people don’t recommend them. We got the premise ones that had a good serving of calories and well as large servings of vitamins and minerals, sugars, fiber, sodium, and proteins. It helps to keep my diet a bit smoother.
    I take a pill and a half every 4 hours (the doctor said 1-2). For pain. At first we mashed the pill up and put it in apple sauce, but the taste isn’t too pleasant. We then added the crushed pills to orange Sherbet, as it seemed to cover the taste of the meds most. My other daily meds I still take at the same time, but we crush those into food as well.

    The pills did make me naseous, but only when I moved around too much. This was generally just getting up and walking to my kitchen to get a popcicle and standing for too long. My mom has stayed home for 2 days and my dad will stay home for 2 as well (so my mom can go to work) to help care for me. So far I have been taking daily pictures of my throat with my phone to track the progress and I will see my doctor in a few days (10 days after the OP)

    The pills for me sometimes knock me out, and when I do I am out for only about 3 and a half hours. I wake up as the med begins to wear off and pain returns. The pain doesn’t cover all pain, but it does make it more bearable. When I drink water I drink it cold, with ice in it to help soothe my throat.

    That’s generally all I have to say and I hope my story has been useful! 🙂

  • Victoria:

    I had large cryptic tonsils that would get food trapped in them. It would give me bad breath, swollen glands, sleep apnea, as well as sinus issues due to the bacteria. Instead of having a full tonsillectomy, I had a laser tonsillotomy where a laser was used to close up the crypts and smooth the surface. Half of my tonsils were removed. No bleeding or other complications during and after the procedure. It was done with local anesthesia and I was out of the chair in less than 10 minutes. I’m in Day 3 of healing and so far so good. I just have a minor sore throat that is not as bad as when I would get throat infections. I recommend anyone with tonsil issues to research a partial tonsillectomy first. The procedure is called laser tonsillotomy. I think coblation is a method too. I am in the UK.

  • Preston k:

    Monday will make 14 days since i’ve had my tonsilis out and im still in pain. Im 14 years old. It burns real bad on the right side only. Trying to eat pudding and jello, it still hurts drinking water. I was spiting up blood 5 days after my procdure. Monday I was throwing blood up noone can tell me why I was but back in the hospital so i did not get dehydrated. I stayed for two days and released. Im getting better very slowly. Still not eating anything more than i was praying i get better soooon. This is my summer break from school…. Tuesday i will be on my 3rd week recovery

  • Preston k:

    I dont recommend anyone having this done unless you have no other choice glad i dont have to go through this again.

  • Preston k:

    I dont recommend anyone having this done unless you have no other choice glad i dont have to go through this again.

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  • Anna:

    I’m a 22 Y/O female on Day 3 of recovery, and this thread has been very helpful! I recommend taking your meds, drinking lots of water, and remaining upright while sleeping. I woke up night 1 coughing up blood, but I gargled with warm salt water and it went away immediately. Went back to sleep just fine. Water is soooooooo important. I know it hurts, but just remember the more water you drink, the quicker the the pain will go away.

  • Kayla:

    Hi all! 23 year old female on day 8 post op from tonsillectomy. My surgery went well and my recovery was actually going smoothly. I was so scared the pain would be unbearable after reading all of these posts, but I was eating somewhat normally from day 2 and drinking SO MUCH WATER. Then the hemorrhage started last night…
    I was talking to my dad about how well recovery was going (ha!) when I suddenly felt something warm running down the back of my throat. I ran to the bathroom and used a flashlight to look back there, only to see dark red blood pooling in my mouth. I was so scared, I knew this was beyond the “expected” amount of bleeding that occurs when scabs fall off. I couldn’t get the blood to stop filling my mouth and coating the sink, but somehow I calmly told my dad, “We need to go.” And off we raced to the ER 30 minutes away. I will say, the bucket of blood got me through the waiting room immediately.
    My ENT clinic had a surgeon on call (thank goodness) and he was able to get to the ER and cauterize the bleed while I was awake, which was painful but better than going under anesthesia again. He then kept me overnight to watch for anymore bleeding. There was none and I was discharged this morning.
    Now the pain is excruciating. It may be because I’m not on any pain meds as of yet (ran out yesterday, have to get them refilled) but I cried when I got home. I never really cry about this kind of pain, but I cried like a baby. I just hope this bleeding stuff doesn’t happen again because not only are ER trips expensive, bleeding from your mouth is actually pretty scary. I don’t know if this event puts me at a greater risk for another bleed, but I am an overall very healthy young woman so I hope not. Just gotta start over and try to get this pain under control, then worry about eating and drinking. Jury is still out whether this was worth it…I will wait to see how the remainder of recovery goes.
    I hope this doesn’t scare anyone, as it is relatively rare to experience this type of bleeding post-op. Just know that it is a possibility. Good luck!

  • wissam salah:

    greetings , so its been 3 years since i’ve done it yet i still choke on my uvula or something in there all the time and i remember the day i got my tonsils removed the uvula got soo big and sore i couldn’t breath right .. anyways some words are very hard to pronounce now :< what should i do ? on im 33m now .

  • Jahnavi:

    It’s been almost two weeks from my Tonsillitis surgery, I had infection before so once it was cured,my surgery happened. But still I find pain in my left sideof throat and find difficult to swallow.

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