Questions about Tonsils & Adenoids

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Just curious to know if anyone can tell me what happens when a child has their tonsils and / or adenoids removed. Is it outpatient surgery? What about recovery time? And do they use general anesthesia???

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Starr - posted on 06/10/2011

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My daughter had her tonsils, adenoids removed and tubes put in her ears last year. Usually they let you out the same day after a period of observation. However because my daughter had sleep apnea due to her enlarged adenoids and tonsils she remained in the hospital for the night. She had a terrible reaction to the general anesthesia and was vomiting for 2 days. She therefore had to spend a second night in the hospital because she coudn't keep any food or liquid down. Also they were afraid she would pop the stiches with the force of vomiting. After all that it took an additional 4-5 days to recover. Everyone told me how kids recovered within a day but it really depends on the child. That said, she is much happier and healthier now. Before she could barely breath through her nose and had difficulty swallowing. It was the best thing we could have done for her.

Kerry - posted on 05/03/2012

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my daughter is having hers out in 8 weeks she is 3 suffered with tonsilitus for the past year 16 times all in all she has had it im scared about her having it done as i have read some horrible stories about other parents children dying due to the surgery even a week after surgery what shall i do?

Rachael - posted on 10/29/2012

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Hi am 24 years old i had my adenoida took out on thursday due to they were stopping me from hearing and also got a grommet put in been six days now am still in alot of pain keep get pains in the back of my head is this normal ?

Tracy - posted on 06/11/2011

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My daughter has hers out just before she turned six. It was general anesthesia. She was out for about an hour I think, maybe a little more. They put her second set of tubes in hers then as well. It was outpatient. She woke up very quickly. She threw up several times in the next few hours, but they sent her home at 5:30 anyway.The next day she was eating chicken curry! We did keep giving her tylenol or ibuprofen regularly though,as when the scabs come off it can be quite painful. I am still not sure she actually needed her tonsils out, but I had mine out when I was 16 (adnoids at age 8) and it was AWFUL!
Now my daughter is no longer sounds "stuffed up" and she no longer snores. She had it done 5 years ago.

Bobbi - posted on 06/10/2011

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My husband and my son both had their tonsils out on the same day. my son also had his adenoids removed... my husband had his uvula taken. my son was up and running that afternoon.... wanting to eat crackers. my husband cried for 2 weeks....

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Kandace - posted on 08/12/2012

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yes the doctor gives you liquid medicine and it dont even help it just makes you go to sleep...it dont even help with your pain and when you wake up your still in pain. i had both of mine out August 9th and i am still in pain idk what to do for it i cant eat and i cant drink...to all you mothers on here if they are another route then to put your baby in surgery then do it bc i felt better and healthy befor the surgery then i do after

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2012

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yes the doctor gives you liquid medicine and it dont even help it just makes you go to sleep...it dont even help with your pain and when you wake up your still in pain. i had both of mine out August 9th and i am still in pain idk what to do for it i cant eat and i cant drink...to all you mothers on here if they are another route then to put your baby in surgery then do it bc i felt better and healthy befor the surgery then i do after

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2012

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yes the doctor gives you liquid medicine and it dont even help it just makes you go to sleep...it dont even help with your pain and when you wake up your still in pain. i had both of mine out August 9th and i am still in pain idk what to do for it i cant eat and i cant drink...to all you mothers on here if they are another route then to put your baby in surgery then do it bc i felt better and healthy befor the surgery then i do after

Kandace - posted on 08/12/2012

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i have had both of mine out and i am 17 . i cant eat nothing i have lost alot of weight. and i cant talk its getting where its hard to breath also

Tracey - posted on 08/12/2012

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My son is 3 he had his taken out on fri,tonsils and adenoids. He had to stay in overnight bcus he had severe sleep apneao. He was put to sleep. If you can i'd have 2 in the anestic room,as it is not pleasent. But they soon fall alseep within 3 seconds. He was very bad for 2 days ended up on a drip,bcus he wouldn;t drink anything. Now 3 other kids that had same done,totally fine,you wouldn't of tho they had out done. So it all depends on the child,pain barrier,hw they react etc. Even tho my boy was bad today he is much better,just not speakin very much. Do brbe all you can for them to drink an eat as it's a must to get them better. Good luck x

Jo Ann - posted on 08/07/2012

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My son is going to three and he had his tonsils removed. It was the worst experience ever. I had to take him to the hospital because he started to bleed. it has been seven days today. and not doing any better.

Cheraki - posted on 05/07/2012

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You're welcome... another thing they did with my daughter was they gave her a "drink" before they gave her an iv to help her relax and when she started looking at the walls saying mom see the boats... (there was no boats lol) they came in and gave her an iv she didn't even flinch then they waited a few more mins and took her in...

Cheraki - posted on 05/07/2012

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My daughter had hers taken out when she was almost 3 she's now turning 15 next month. She had to stay overnight but she did really well. She was talking on the phone and eating ice pops...
She acted like nothing had happened.. She only had some discomfort but nothing major. I think I suffered more than she did while I was waiting for her surgery to get done.. It felt like it was taking forever... I paced the floor I was a nervous wreck....But, she was fine..

Leanna - posted on 05/06/2012

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Sedation is often used instead of full anesthesia because children are able to breathe on their own and do not require respirators. A respirator would make it hard for the surgeon to remove the tonsils and the procedure only takes 25 or 30 minutes.

Deirdra - posted on 06/14/2011

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When I had mine removed it was an out pt surgery. They putyou totally asleep for the surgery. Recovery is 10 days of liquids, a week of soft foods and then move to solids from there. It was well worth it in the end. I was 16yo and had chronic tonsilitis for two years straight.

Klara - posted on 06/14/2011

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The younger they have it done, the easier the recovery usually.... Its much worse for adults and older kids because the tonsils and adenoids are larger, so are the holes they make removing them. Each hospital/doctor is a little different too. The biggest issue is when they hit like days 7-10 and you have to be careful when the scabs come off so they don't being to bleed and you don't catch it, but most are just fine.

Crystal - posted on 06/13/2011

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I have had 2 kids done with this in 2 different places and both where very smiliar. My daughter had just turned 3 and my son was 5. They took them in and used the stuff you breath in made it like gum flavor. They took my kids in to do all that, didnt do that when I was there. Only cause kids seem to do better without a parent there for that. The procedure is very fast. Usually they will put in recovery and just make sure they are drinking before they will let them go. Usually like an hour. I know that if my daughter was still 2 she would have stayed over night. But when they are 3 and older its for just a bit. They gave my kids tylenol with codine. You would think they would be done for the count but the next day my kids were up playing. They dont recommend ice cream cause it makes muccas. But they need to have soft things for the first few days. Hope this helps. Its fast and easy and my kids can breath a heck of a lot better. It was worth it.

Sharon Titilope - posted on 06/13/2011

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I'm curious too. My child's sleeping habit is not too good. He's snores a lot and always has runny nose.He was diagnosed with Tonsils and Adenoids. I've been disturbed ever since when he was told to go for surgery.

Jenny - posted on 06/13/2011

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Hi,

It's done under general anaesthetic and they tend to stay in overnight. My son had his out and it took a couple of weeks I guess for him to get over it, but he develop3ed an infection, so it probably took longer for him. Hope this helps

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2011

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My kid got it done this year. She came home the same day. It took about one week to fully recover, which means she was able to return to her preschool class. She was under general anesthesia, but the procedure was very quick.

Dina - posted on 06/12/2011

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My son had his tonsils and adnoids removed at age 4....they use general anaesetic to put them out, for the little guys they will use gas first to make them sleep, then put in there IV with the rest of the drugs....Where I live they keep all patients who have this sugery for a minimum 24 hours, so they are admitted (you would have to look into the policies of your hospital). He was also kept on IV the whole time he was there, however with the little guys they will wrap it all up so the IV doesn't get pulled out.



My son was the youngest of 5 people getting a tonsiladnoidectomy the day he got his done, and he came out of recovery the best, with this surgery they say the older they are the harder it is to recover.



He had NO stitches as here they Cauterize everything closed so there is no need for stitches...It all depends on the medical technology the place has that you are going.



All and all though it is very worth while to do if your child has problems breathing and with infections.

Christina - posted on 06/12/2011

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My son had his tonsils and adenoids out almost 2 years ago when he was 4 1/2 years old due to severe sleep apnea. He had his surgery in an outpatient surgery center, went in about 8am and was discharged about 5-6pm. It took him about a week to feel better. Cold foods bothered him a lot, the only thing he would eat was McDonalds pancakes smothered in syrup every meal for the first 5 or so days. Keep in mind no red or purple foods (jello, popsicles) so you can keep an eye out for bleeding. My son had a hard recovery but was only discharged with Motrin for pain. As heartbreaking as the recovery was for my son, it was the best thing we could have done for him! No more sleep apnea!

Lynn - posted on 06/12/2011

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My son had three sets of ear tubes before our ENT said that taking out his adenoids might help prevent his ear fluid retention problems. We had the adenoid surgery done in Nov. so he'd have the long weekend before school. (he's 9) The surgery took about 30 min and he woke up groggy. He was thirsty but threw up from drinking too fast. We stayed for about an hour then went home. He took Hydrocodone for pain for a few days then didn't even finish it all. He wouldn't eat ice cream just soft foods that day and was back to normal the next day. He hasn't had an ear infection since, snoring at night is better and he has an easier time breathing during dental appt's. I'm so glad we did it

Dorothy - posted on 06/12/2011

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When myson had his tonsils out it was outpatient surgery.That was three years ago. Yes i was general anesthesia. His recovery took longer because he was stubborn about drinking So the quicker you can get yours to drink the better.

Tracy - posted on 06/11/2011

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I had my daughter's tonsils/adenoids out just before a 4 weekend, thinking she would miss a couple of days of the following week, but she went right back to school after the 4 day weekend.

Kati - posted on 06/11/2011

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Three of my four children have had thier tonscils out. They were age 2, 9, and 11. They all had it done as an out patient under general anesthesia. They had 2 weeks out of school / daycare. The most important thing is to keep them drinking my 9 year old was the first to have her surgery, and I had her drinking water and even though she was drinking a gallon each day she wound up with an infection, but they just changed her anitbiotics and it took care of it. The other 2 I had them drink lots of powerade/ gatorade and niether on of them had a secondary infection. Just remember to keep them drinking eating popsicles and ice cream, and for the first few days give your child his or her their pain medicine just as the Dr prescibed (ours was loratab every 4 hours) Even if you have to wake them up at night this will really help them be more willing to drink. Hope this helps.

Ester - posted on 06/11/2011

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yes they use general anesthesia,. my son had it and it was day surgery. prepare to stay all day got there early am did not leave until approx 5-6 pm. depends how they are doing post up with taking oral fluids swallowing and pain meds. if possible get hospital to call in prescription to pharmacy before you leave or else you will have to stop with a child in pain and wait at pharmacy. lots of soft foods like ice cream popsicles nothing red as this simulates blood and hard to tell . medicate child with pain meds round the clock for the first 24-48 hours until child able to swallow without pain. only liquids and soft foods until seen for follow up need to follow this diet strictly to prevent rebleeding or complications

Heather - posted on 06/10/2011

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Out patient, general anesthesia. My 3yr old just got his out and did okay the first day, and got worse the second. The best thing was an ice bag for his neck and running the humidifier!! I wish i had thought of the humidifier before day 4!!! The lortab burns when they drink it so it was hard to convince him to take it. :(

Kerry - posted on 06/10/2011

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my daughter had them out and i was about a 15-20 min procedure. It was done under anthesia and they sprayed her throat with a numbing medicine when they were done. She has trouble when she wakes up from it because she is still tired and didn't like the numbing feeling but not everybody has the same effect with anthesia. She has done better since having them done and she had it done on a Tues and back to daycare by Friday. They ussually saw about a week. Good Luck

Anna - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son had his tonsils, adenoids and tubes put in his ears when he was 4yrs old. I was so scared when he was in surgery. They use general anesthesia. His recovery time was great when he came home he was groogy and rested all day. The next day he was feeling so much better by the following day he was fine. It was the best thing I could have done for my son. He was sick all the time with ear infections. Now he just turned 8 and I think he's had 1 cold since the surgery and has never had another ear infection. We decovered he had hearing loss from all the infections prior to surgery and he had trouble in kinder but now he's great! It was life changing for my son.

Sylvia - posted on 06/10/2011

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My son had his removed in April of last year. It was outpatient surgery and he went to the local hospital to have it done. He was put to sleep by anesthetic and it took 45 minutes to an hour. After surgery he was taken to recovery, he was ggroggy and could barely talk. After 30 minutes he was taken to a private room for observation and released after 2 hours. They should send you home with antibiotics and pain meds. My son had tylenol with codeine the liquid form but didn't take any after the first day. His recovery was about a week to where he could eat solid food. The doctor told me if he didn't eat it was ok but to make sure he drank liquid. So I gave him blue gatorade. He would eat ice cream and yogurt also. He slept a lot the first day. If u have any questions feel free to ask and I will answer the best I can according to my experience with it.

Jane - posted on 06/09/2011

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It is indeed outpatient surgery even today. When my mom was 6 the doctor did it in his office. When my brother was 7 his was done at the hospital in the out-patient clinic. Nowadays it is usually done in a hospital out-patient clinic or in a free-standing surgical clinic.

The admitting folks will probably tell you not to let your child have aspirin for a week or longer before the procedure. This will help control bleeding during the procedure.They will also ask that you not let them eat or drink anything at all for the 6 to 8 hours before the procedure is scheduled. This is to reduce the chance of problems during anesthesia.

They will probably opt for general anesthesia, but sometimes sedation is enough. The procedure usually takes less than an hour. Recovering from the anesthesia takes about 3 hours, but your child may feel a bit draggy for up to a day.

At home you should put your child to bed with several pillows, so their head is above the heart, to reduce swelling. Ice packs are also helpful, as is the traditional cold, soft foods in small quantity. Too much food too soon may cause nausea or vomiting, which could cause the surgical site to bleed. Until you are sure your child is feeling normal you should help him walk to the bathroom and back.

Odds are by the next day your child may have a bit of a sore throat but will be up to normal energy levels.

Marsha - posted on 06/09/2011

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I had mine removed 13 years ago as an adult and had a HORRIBLE recovery time. My surgery was out patient and the kids that they did that day were practically running around the recovery room. I could barely walk to the bathroom LOL

Bevely - posted on 06/09/2011

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Usually it is an outpatient procedure, occasionally if there is some type of minor problem the child may be admitted to the hospital for observation and very rarely do they stay 2+ days in house. Before surgery the kid usually gets a mild sedative like benadryl and versed by mouth. Once they get a little groggy, the nurse will start an IV and the anesthesiologist can give fluids and medication to knock the kid out and the procedure begins. Usually takes 30 mins average. Then kid goes to recovery, is usually groggy and waking up, very grumpy. Anesthesia wears off fully within an hour generally and kid goes home or goes to observation with by mouth pain meds, like lortab elexir. It is VERY important to encourage fluid intake, cold and warm fluids work best, and give pain medication scheduled for the first 24 hours after procedure, then as needed. Kids are usually back to normal activity and diet 72 hours after procedure. Oh and for at least 72 hours after the procedure do not let your kid suck on anything, especially a straw or sippy cup. The increased pressure can cause bleeding. Hope this was helpful.

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