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POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

TONSILLECTOMY

Foods after Surgery: 

The following are foods that you may find the easiest to eat on your first post-op day:

Water, Gatorade, Kool-Aid, juice, tea, coffee, carbonated beverages, milk, Carnation Instant Breakfast, popsicles, fruit ices, yogurt, sherbet, custard, ice cream, pudding, tapioca, Jell-O, broth.

The following are foods that you may find the easiest to eat on your second post-op day, and for the following week:

Cream of wheat, grits, oatmeal, Malt-O-Meal, canned fruits, applesauce, creamed soup, mashed potatoes, baked potatoes, cooked vegetables, beans, noodles, pasta, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, bananas, rice, hot dogs, pancakes, Vienna sausage, bologna.

The following are foods that you may need to avoid for the first 7 to 10 days after surgery:

Crackers, chips, pretzels, tortilla chips, hard cookies, dried cereals, spicy foods, fish, raw fruits/vegetables, nuts, popcorn, rice cakes.

 
After the procedure here are some things to remember when you get home:
  • Rest 1-2 days; resume activity as soon as you feel comfortable. No heavy activity for 2 weeks.

  • If prescribed, take the prescribed antibiotics for three to five days following surgery.

  • Take the prescribed pain medication for pain.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, in small sips, as often as possible.

  • Return to the clinic in 1-2 weeks. If not scheduled already, call the office to make a follow-up appointment

 

Here is what you can expect:

Appearance of Tonsil Bed

Normal, white patches

Bleeding

If there is excessive bright red or brown drainage, call the office IMMEDIATELY. Gargle with ice water for 10-20 minutes.

Pain

Can be severe with difficulty swallowing. Drinking plenty of liquids and resuming a normal diet will help.

Voice

There may be a change in your voice. This is secondary to increased flow through the nose and is usually transient.

Breath

May have some bad breath for one week. Please use regular toothpaste only. Do NOT use mouthwashes or rinses.

Nausea

Can last for 24 hours. Temperature Mild elevation up to 100 degrees F for 48 hours

Ear Pain

This is normal and will subside.