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Your child will most likely be able to go home after recovering for several hours.
Most children recover within two weeks but should follow doctor’s orders about activities. It’s important that your child stay calm to reduce the risk of bleeding. Also, ensure that he or she drinks a lot of fluids to avoid dehydration. Children are at most risk of bleeding after one week as this is when the scabs start to fall off. Remember to keep them calm to make sure that there is no excessive bleeding.
Tonsillectomy patients have pain off and on for the first few weeks, and it’s crucial to monitor the types of food and drinks available to them. Do not give your child No spicy, hot, hard or crunchy foods until the throat has fully healed. Encourage your child to eat frozen popsicles, gelatin, ice cream, pudding, mashed potatoes and yogurt. These will be soothing to the throat.
Under general anesthesia, the ENT will perform the surgery through the child’s mouth. There are no external incisions made during the procedure. The tonsils and adenoids are cauterized with a specialized tool that completely removes both and seals the wound. The entire procedure take about 60 minutes, and most children go home the same day.
The tonsils and adenoids are cauterized. No cuts are actually made.
This is normally an outpatient procedure, and your child will most likely go home the same day.
Your child will recover within two weeks; however, they must avoid certain activities and eat a modified diet to ensure that the surgical site heals properly. There is a risk for bleeding, so it is important that patients remain calm, eat a cool, soft diet and not lift heavy objects.
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