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Old 09-11-2007, 01:15 AM   #1
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Has any one had a tonsillectomy as an adult? (New ? pg 3)
I have a consult on Thursday. They have been bothering me for years and with this last flu/cold they got badly infected. Please share your experiences.
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Old 09-11-2007, 08:33 AM   #2
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Well, I wasn't exactly an adult--I was 17 and really wished I had had it MUCH earlier. Every year from about age 5 until I had the surgery I would miss at least 4 weeks of school each winter with strep throat and throat infections. I took massive doses of antibotics for YEARS. Finally, was referred to an ENT specialist and had surgery.

Surgery was simple (this was in 1978 BTW) ; general anesthesia; about 30 minutes in OR; back in recovery in about an hour; stayed in the hospital overnight; had a VERY BAD sore throat (but I was really used to that) and felt like I had the flu for about a week (sore, achy, head stuffed-up). My only complication was that about two weeks after surgery, I had a hemorrhage--NOW don't panic! It was the dead of winter, these was absolutely no humidity in the air and we had gas heat; my throat dried out and one of the scabs in my throat "popped" off (they didn't put stitches in) and it bled. An ice pack on my neck and LOTS of water solved that problem.

The best part--for the next 10 years I didn't even catch a head cold much less have any strep or throat infections. It was wonderful for ME. I'm sure they have improved the surgical techniques by now--I bet you wouldn't even have to stay overnight.

Hope my info helps. Take care!
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I had mine taken out when I was 25. They were the size of golf balls and looked like them too. I had continuous strep throat and was so worn out most of the time it was affecting my life.
I did the day surgery route, went in early, got out around 7:00pm after the doc came in and asked me if I wanted to stay or go home. You'll have a sore throat, if you've had strep alot like I had, the sore throat won't be much worse. I did throw up that night and was pretty miserable the next couple of days but I realized it was the Tylenol 3 with codeine they gave me for pain not the actual procedure that was causing it. In hindsight, I probably just would have taken a couple motrin and been good. I have NOOOOOO regrets. Good luck!
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I've been sick with a sore throat and everything for 17 days now, so I don't think it could be worse. I know the down time is 2 weeks and I've already talked to work, I'd have to go on LOA. I talked to my mom the other day and she wants to be here for it. Huh, that shocked me.
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HMMM, I want to be fair and warn you that my recovery was HELL, but if you absolutely need the surgery then I don't want to scare you off.....

Personally, I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and only agreed to have my tonsils out after multiple boughts of them being big as golf balls, oozing white chunks, and 105 deg temp. At that point I wasn't really given an option. Recovery really sucked and you should now that up front. I was off work for 2 wks (and could have used another) and then couldn't run/workout without my neck/throat swelling for like 4 months.
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On the plus sides: you'll lose weight, you will feel 100% better getting those infected things out of your body. I have not regretted it in the 15 years since I've done it.
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Jessica,

I had my tonsils taken out when I was 7 years old. But the other day, our son ( 27 years old ) always has sore throats on and off. He went to the Dr. AGAIN for the sore throat, and he was told he would probably have to have tonsils out.

I would rather have him get rid of them instead of taking antibiotices galore for them everytimes he has a flare up on the tonsils.
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Are they going to make you get well first before surgery?
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As long as my tonsils are not infected at the time of the surgery.
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I had my tonsils out at 21. I had suffered chronic tonsilitis for several years, and put off the recommended surgery for 2 years because I wanted to finish nursing school. However, my decision to put off the surgery cost me the added bonus of chronic sinusitis, which I still have problems with on rare occasion.

However, that being said, the tonsillectomy was the best thing I could have ever done. Even with my horrible surgical experience (the pain.... no one warned me that yawning was going to hurt so much on top of the regular pain from the removal!) and post-op hemorrhage 1 week later, I would highly recommend getting it done. It took me 4 weeks to be able to eat regular food and get off the pain medication (the second surgery to stop the bleeding extended my recovery time).

Once I healed up, I have yet to get a throat infection. I get an irritated throat on rare occasion from post-nasal drip, but that's it. The chronic sinusitis also improved significantly.

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