What are restrictions after tonsillectomy?

Avoid acidic, spicy, hard or crunchy foods that may cause pain or bleeding. Rest. Bed rest is important for several days after surgery, and strenuous activities — such as running and bike riding — should be avoided for two weeks after surgery.

What are the immediate postoperative concerns after a tonsillectomy?

Possible postoperative complications of tonsillectomy include pain, postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), delay to oral intake, airway obstruction with respiratory compromise, and primary or secondary postoperative bleeding.

How long should you rest after tonsillectomy?

You should plan on resting at home for at least a week after the tonsillectomy, and limit activity for 2 weeks. There is a risk of bleeding after a tonsillectomy. The risk decreases after 10 days.

What position do you put a patient in after a tonsillectomy?

It is advised that the patient lies with his or her head elevated to a point where the operated site is higher than the heart. This will reduce the risk of swelling and edema. In case of swelling, an ice pack applied to the neck may help.

How can I speed up my tonsillectomy recovery?

Chewing sugarless gum may help speed recovery after surgery. Significant rest is imperative for at least the first 48 hours after a tonsillectomy, and all normal activities should be limited. Activity can then increase slowly and gradually.

Can you use a straw after tonsillectomy?

Your child should not drink through a straw after surgery until his throat is completely healed. Using a straw may increase the risk of bleeding. Give frequent small feedings of soft foods and cool liquids. They usually are most comfortable for your child.

Why Rose position is used for tonsillectomy?

Adenoidectomy is performed with the patient under general anesthesia. The patient is usually placed in the Rose position with a McIvor mouth gag in position to provide oropharyngeal exposure, depress the tongue, and secure the endotracheal tube (Fig. 5-3).

How much weight do you lose after a tonsillectomy?

Setting: Adult tonsillectomy is performed for a variety of indications. Anecdotally, patients report a 10- to 15-pound weight loss in the postoperative period; however, no supporting research has been documented. The pediatric population has a well-documented weight gain postoperatively.

How much water should I drink a day after tonsillectomy?

Drinking fluids is the key to a fast recovery Offer your child small amounts of fluids (half a cup) every hour during waking hours for the first few days after his/her tonsillectomy.