Post # 16
Yup. Surgeons are used to this. They often ask at the pre op consultation if you will need something for anxiety on the day of and will offer a script for one of the benzos, eg Xanax, Ativan, etc, typically just one pill.
OP, please give your surgeon’ office a call. What you’re going through is completely normal.
Post # 17
Thank you bees!
neverbeenstungbee : I was definitely under the impression that hemorrhaging meant bleeding out quickly, as in if I started hemorrhaging it is an immediate life and death situation. From what you are describing, it is not the case. My ENT gave me a real fire and brimstone speech about this surgery that scared me quite a bit!
Post # 18
I’m not a doc or an ENT specialist so your doctor will be able to better advise you than I can. But yes, hemorrhaging or bleeding out quickly becomes life-threatening, especially because after a tonsillectomy, if you have large clots forming in your throat, it can become an airway emergency in addition to losing a lot of blood. Your doctor probably was filling you in on the risks of that happening so you’re aware of what to watch out for.
If the scab comes off too early and it starts bleeding a bit that may not be life-threatening but you would also want to let your surgeon know. And if you see any other signs that something isn’t right, don’t hesitate to get it checked out.
I hope this clarifies things a bit! otterbee :
Post # 19
neverbeenstungbee : thank you, sorry for so many questions!
it just seems odd that they would send you home when there is such a high risk for a life threatening hemorrhage. When you said that “you usually see them within an hour” it made me think that maybe it wasn’t such an immediate emergency? You would think they’d want to keep a close watch until that risk of bleeding was reduced immensely such as several days post op.