(Closed) I'm Scared. Anybody have a tonsillectomy as an Adult?

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 31
2092 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I had mine out just before my 19 th birthday after a nasty case of mono had left my tonsils pretty damaged. To be frank, having mono for several months was far worse than the actual tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy. I also had had a history of a few corrective jaw surgeries so the tonsil surgery was nothing. The worst part was probably coughing and sneezing out large scabs And feeling very dried out. Ice chips are wonderful and making a slushy out of juice or your favorite soda is also refreshing and soothing. 

I will say I had one minor complication with my procedure. once my scabs had healed up I noticed my soft palate had a good size perforation (or hole) measuring about 1cm in diameter. It wasn’t painful, just more of a nuisance since food would get caught in it. no one at the clinic believed me when I said I had a hole in the back of my throat (didn’t know how else to word it then) until my provider finally would see me and saw I wasn’t kidding. He was able to fix it easily in the office in just a couple minutes. I got a shot of lidocaine near my uvula then he snipped a part of the tissue to open the hole. It healed quickly and now I just have an uneven palate. Overall though, I was happy to have the surgery done and the pain was not horrible at all. I never have sore throats or ear aches anymore, and I can breath perfectly through my nose (something that was hard to do before the adenoids were out.) Its a pretty basic procedure, just take your pain meds as needed and stay hydrated. Best of luck to you!

Post # 32
346 posts
Helper bee

Like pp having my tonsils out was the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life (not an exaggeration). I couldn’t eat solid food for a month, for months after if I spoke I would feel as if I were choking and subsequently throw up. I had to chew gum constantly to stop this. The worst part was the c diff from the antibiotics. 

I found blogs several days in that described the healing process and gave helpful tips. At that point it was too late  me. Check them out.

Post # 33
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

Had mine out at 20. The throat pain wasn’t too bad but nothing prepared me for the ear pain, which radiated – only lasted a day or so. Sticky toffee pudding was my tonic. Good luck!

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