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Discover the foods to eat after a tonsillectomy.
Tonsillectomy is a common surgical operation that removes the tonsils. It is sometimes done at the same time as adenoids are removed – a procedure called adenoidectomy.
You will usually need these operations if you have frequent infections, obstructive sleep apnea, or have complications related to the size of your tonsils.
Tonsillectomy usually only lasts 30 to 45 minutes and can be done in a surgical center the same day or, less often, in a hospital.
When you return from the operating room, you will still be sedated, but you will wake up shortly after arriving in the recovery room. It is common to have a sore throat when you wake up, and your nurse will be able to treat your pain.
You will likely ask your nurse or a family member the same question more than once and will not be able to remember that you have asked the question before. This is normal due to the medicines you are given during the operation.
You will usually be sent home after the operation, unless you have a significant history of sleep apnea or have a complication during the tonsillectomy. If you are under 19, you will likely recover from a tonsillectomy in seven to fourteen days.
If you are an adult, you can expect to recover between two and three weeks. These are general estimates only and your recovery may vary depending on your own rate of recovery.
The most common complaint after a tonsillectomy is pain in the throat severe enough to make it difficult to eat or drink.
You can take medications prescribed by your doctor to help manage this pain, but eating and drinking certain foods and drinks, and staying away from others, can also help.
If you’re looking to stock up the fridge in preparation for a tonsillectomy, here are some general things to consider before going to the supermarket, as well as examples of foods to include in your diet and others to avoid during your trip. convalescence:
• Avoid dairy products if you have nausea or vomiting (a side effect of anesthesia and narcotic pain relievers). While ice can be a wellness food after a tonsillectomy, it can be problematic.
• Replace the ice with sherbets, fruit soda or fruit ice cream, which are not dairy products.
• Avoid foods and drinks high in citric acid, such as tomato juice and lemonade, as they can sting and cause pain.
• Do not try to swallow very hot drinks or soups.
• Avoid foods with hard or sharp edges.
• Cold foods and fluids reduce swelling and pain.
While there is really nothing you can’t eat after a tonsillectomy (other than hard, sharp foods like nachos or hard pretzels) for the first couple of days, you may at least want to eat or drink cold and soft foods. Avoiding hard, sharp, spicy, or hot foods can also help keep you more comfortable.
• Clear liquids like apple juice
• Soda such as Sprite
• Hot coffee or black tea
• Clear hot soup or broth
• Mashed potatoes
• Soft pasta
• Ice cream – if your stomach is not bothered by dairy products
• Tomato juice
• Very hot drinks or soups
• Very hot soup
• Raw apples
• Spicy foods
• Dairy products for nausea and vomiting due to anesthesia
After the operation, it will be important to stay well hydrated, especially for the first 72 hours. This will keep the surgical site moist, and therefore reduce pain.
Dehydration is a common reason for emergency room visits after surgery, so increasing your fluid intake will lower your risk of additional hospital visits.
In general, cold drinks (such as apple juice, ice water, or soda) can make you feel better because they cool the operation sites. Hot drinks (such as tea or coffee), on the other hand, can give you a soothing sensation that you will enjoy after the operation.
Some surgeons advise against hot fluids because of the increased pain, and heat-induced vasodilation can open blood vessels and cause bleeding.
If nausea is not a problem, take advantage of it and eat as much cold, soft foods as you usually would to reduce your pain. Foods like ice cream or popsicles will help relieve your sore throat while helping you stay hydrated.
It’s vital to stay hydrated after your tonsils are removed, which can be difficult if you don’t want to swallow because of a sore throat.
It is recommended to sip a cold drink throughout the day to prevent dehydration. Call your doctor if you have any signs of dehydration, such as dry eyes or skin, or colored urine.