Sore Throat Just Won't Go Away?

            Previously we’ve discussed sore throats, some of their causes, and home remedies. But you may be thinking, “I’ve tried everything and my sore throat just won’t go away. What else can I do?” Maybe you’ve had tonsillitis several times in the past year. Or maybe you have difficulty breathing at night. If this is the case, a tonsillectomy—a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils—may be necessary. Discover more about tonsillectomies here!

What are Tonsils?

            Tonsils are oval-shaped tissue located at the back of the throat. Their main responsibility is to help fight infection; you can consider the tonsils the body’s first defense between the germs in the air and your throat. However, sometimes the tonsils get infected—also known as tonsillitis—and cause inflammation and pain. If you or your child experiences recurrent tonsillitis, inability to breathe at night (sleep apnea), or difficulty swallowing meats or chewy foods Dr. Peterson or Dr. McMaster may suggest a tonsillectomy.

What is a Tonsillectomy?

            A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed. Tonsillectomies are performed with the patient under general anesthesia, which means that you or your child will not be conscious and won’t feel any pain during the surgery. Additionally, an anesthesiologist will be present to monitor you during the surgery.  Tonsillectomies are done through the mouth and no incisions are made on the skin.

What's the Recovery Process Like?

            The recovery process typical takes from anywhere between 7-10 days. During the recovery process it is very important to stay hydrated. Water, juice, and popsicles are a good choice to get the necessary fluids.

    Your throat will be sore, so be sure to eat bland, soft, and easy to swallow foods like applesauce, chicken noodle soup, and mashed potatoes for the first several days. The only real diet restriction after this surgery is no hard, crunchy, or scratchy foods, as eating these can scratch the scabs off the back of the throat and cause bleeding.

    Also, be sure to get plenty of rest after the surgery. Avoid activities like running, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities for at least seven days as this may increase bleeding.

    It is also very important to stay on your pain medication and take it as directed by your doctor to keep the pain under control.

    We hope you feel more informed about this procedure! If you have any additional questions, feel free to give our office a call.

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