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i have to have my tonsils removed on the 21 and i'm freaking out, i have panic attack issues, and i'm scared about being being "put under" that i won't wake up and slip into a coma, i have a few health problems and some things that make my wanna sleep some days away....



you do need a strong since to come out of it, or do they medically bring you out?



has anyone had this surgery as an adult??

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Cynthia - posted on 01/17/2010

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Nothing much to be afraid of. Maybe nervous! I grand daughter who is 7 years old had her taken out in November. It is well worth it. They will give you something to relax you and you will be very fine. They only give you enough medicine for what your body can handle, and after they have removed your tonsils, they wake you and you go to recovery where they watch you carefully for any signs of trouble. However, I don't think there will be any. You get to eat lots of ice cream and jello. She ate a cheese burger right after we left the hospital (the doc said it was okay). Say the Lord's prayer and get the peace that you deserve and need while you are waiting at the hospital. I hope this has helped to releave you of some of your fears. Cynthia

Terri - posted on 01/19/2010

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Stephanie,
I have had multiple surgeries, with my most recent being open heart surgery. Which was a long, tenuous surgury. I am also a counselor. I can read from your post that the most pressing thing to you seems to be the panic attacks and waking up from the surgery. Let's address those:
Panic attacks: there are several options, with the first of course being medications. They can give you a relaxer, while you are in the prep room. It will relax you, keep you calm and help you afterwards as well--depending on the length of the surgery.
Second, there is hypnotherapy: to be hypnotized before surgery to reduce the chance of an attack and it can/usually is a calming factor as well.
Third, Talk to the anthesiologist, tell them of your fears--apphrensions of having things on your face. My husband is the same way, and with tonsil surgery, you won't have anything on your face, likely, anyway. My husband always tells them that he doesn't want things on his face, and they abide by putting him under, then putting what they need to on his face.
Forth, and most important, be an advocate for yourself. No one knows your body better than you, what you do/don't need, have, want, etc. Explain exactly what your expectations on the surgery are to your doctor first, and have him educate you on what is most likely to occur.

One thing I think it is important to know, some people report (I am one of them) that when you are sedated, when coming around/to, you can hear the people in the room talking. You know that they are there, only you cannot open your eyes or talk back. This is a common occurance, and it will pass soon. Usually not lasting longer than a minute or two. This is when you are regaining consciousness--cognitive awareness of your surroundings. It scares some people. Please be aware of this, prior to your surgery, so you know that it is normal, can and usually does happen, but is NOTHING to be afraid of, just means that your mind is waking up quicker than your body. Strong minded people have this quite often.

Good luck on your surgery.

Cristy - posted on 01/14/2010

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Righto my husband puts people to sleep for a living and my son had his tonsils out when he was two. The doctors can put you to sleep in two ways either by injection or gas. If they give you an injection first they will have to give you an IV. If you are terrified by needles they may give you gas first then put the IV in. Otherwise there is anaesthetic cream they can put on your skin to numb it so the needle hurts less. You will be kept asleep during the procedure by anaesthetic gases and drugs. Once the surgery is over they will stop giving you anaesthetic drugs and you will wake up. They will also take care of your pain by giving you medications. It's all very safe, tonsillectomies are very straight forward. Pain control, hydration and post op bleeds are the major considerations just follow your doctors advice. Also just make sure your doctors know about all underlying medical conditions.

Kasey - posted on 01/13/2010

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i had this surgery done at twenty one and trust me going under wont be bad at all, its a little odd bud mostly you feel sleepy and thats it then you drift off then you will wake up after what feels like a short time. Think of it as doing it for yourself so that you can be healthy for your children, you cant take care of them when you arent feeling well. You will be just fine. keep your chin up and dont read a bunch of stuff on the internet, thats the fastest way to scare yourself.

Joan - posted on 02/18/2010

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hi

have you mentioned to your dr how afraid you are? i haven't had my tonsils out but have had several other surgeries. the anesthesia they give you will be very carefully monitored .when you say you have health problems is your dr aware of all of them.?

while all surgeries come with some risk there are many thousands of people who go into and return safely from surgery daily. make sure you have an appt with the anesthesiologist to talk over your fears with them they will be happy to answer all questions for you.

good luck

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Kristina - posted on 04/11/2016

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I thought I would go ahead and share my sons experience with tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery. My son just turned 3 years old and had a tonsillectomy adenoidectomy surgery on the 30th of March. Most of the reviews scared the life out of me and I was prepared for the worst. But here is our experience:
Surgery was about 35-40 minutes. The surgeon came out and said the surgery went very well. After a couple of minutes the nurses asked me to come back and comfort my son because he just got out and he was very confused because of the anesthesia. This by far was the worst part for me not because he was in pain but because you could tell the anesthesia had his stomach upset and he was very confused. He didn't want to be held but ended up falling asleep for the two hours in recovery.
Again I was prepared for the worst.
As soon as we got home my son had all the energy in the world . he ate 3 bowls of oatmeal, 2 packs of fruit snacks and 3 cups of juice.
Maybe my son is just a Trooper but if he was in pain, he rarely showed it. The only time he showed it is when he woke up from naps or sleeping over night. I stayed on top of all of his medications and made sure he got his Tylenol and motrin every 4-6 hours for the first couple days and then I tapered him off. All together it was so much easier than what I expected and many times we took him to the park because he just had so much energy built up. Only a few moments of pain but that was all. Maybe because he is so young he recovered so fast and so well but I wanted to share this to show that every patient experience is different. We are now on day 14 post op and he is back at school.
By the way, my son wasn't able to speak much prior to surgery but since the surgery his voice is different and his words are clearer, he rarely snores and seems more alter during the day.
I hope this eases the minds of some parents who will face this in the future.

Sylvia - posted on 02/18/2010

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Stephanie, I keep wondering how you got on with your tonsillectomy! You havn't posted any messages since, so I hope everything went okay for you and you are now much better. Best wishes!

Marva - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have not had the surgery, but cared for others who have had it. You are awakened with medication as soon as the surgery is completed. And it works almost immediately. The doctors should do a full assessment of your condition to be sure that you will be able to have the anesthesia. If they deem you unfit you will not be put to sleep. This surgery is a very simple one.

Jolene - posted on 01/24/2010

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I had mine out at 26. The surgery was no big deal. I too was worried about being put under, it turned out okay though. You get an IV and slowly just drift off. I woke on my own to my Mom holding my hand. It did'nt hurt til I tried to talk. They tell you to eat ice cream & cold things, ouch! Warm broth works nice.

Marva - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have not had this type, but i have had at least three other type which included total anesthesia, which is completely being put to sleep. I saw both my daughters into surgery as well. It is never a pleasant experience, largely because one feels that loss of control. You close your eyes and have to trust nurses and doctors to take care of you, plus all the stories one hears. However being a nurse i also know that we take our jobs very seriously and your safety and progress through this experience is very important to the responsible health care professional. It is a very simple procedure and before you know it you will be in and out.

Anne - posted on 01/23/2010

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I had my tonsils removed 2 months ago, and it really isn't as bad as people say. After a week I was back at work. Just make sure that as soon as they are out drink lots of ice water and do not forget vitamin C, that makes sure you do not get blisters in your mouth.
I have 3 children and work full-time and was really worried about getting the surgery, all for nothing!! Really do not worry!

Sharon - posted on 01/22/2010

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Hi Stephanie, I can feel for you and understand completely about the panick attacks, I had the worst of it when I was in my early twenty's. I had my tonsils removed when I was very little, and I didn't like the gas mask they used on me, I can remember fighting it. Not too long ago I had accompanied my older daughter, she was 27 years old, to have her tonsils out twice, they did not use a gas mask on her, she was given an IV, and I walked with her to the waiting area while she was hooked up to everything, an hour later she was out in recovery. They monitor everything and you are not left alone, so try not to worry. I think it may be comforting to bring someone along with you who you are close to, this may help relax your anxiety, and talk it out, the more your talk about your fears, the faster you will get over it. I found most of my previous anxiety's came over me when I kept everything in. And if you want to talk about how I overcame my anxiety issues without medication, feel free to email me at sharonepp@hotmail.com. Good Luck, Sharon

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Surgery is not bad-----they will give you a mild sedative prior to going in thru an IV. After that you will not remember anything. The anesthiologist is the one you need to tell about panic attacks. Surgery is only about 30 minutes at max. After please do not drink milk products or have ice cream=====have cold water, ice chips or popcicles!!! no coffee or hot tea eat soft food, and always rinse well after eating. You will be fine

Dana - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had my tonsils removed at 17which is less than 10 years ago.I dont remember anything from when my tonsils got removed other than I had to stay over night also.I have panic attacks as well so they gave me something to relax me before surgery,I remember nothing after that till they gave me some ice cream.My sister just had her tonsils removed last week & she is in her late 30s & cant remember much either.Just stay calm & you are going to be just fine!Keep us updated

Marianella - posted on 01/21/2010

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I don't know much about this surgery, however I did at one time get panic attacks so I did some research and here is what works. Check out this awesome book, THE WATER CURE it will blow you away. Written by an MD educated in Europe. Also once I took sugar and caffeine out of my diet, no more panic attacks! Hope this helps and God keep you safe and well through your surgery.

Emily - posted on 01/21/2010

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wish I would have seen this post sooner. I'm a CST(Certified Surgical Tech) and I could have helped you. Hope your procedure went smoothly. :)

Katie Tabitha - posted on 01/21/2010

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Hello, My sn had the operation at age 4 and had his tonsils and adenoids removed. The doctor said that it is quite common to vomit after the surgery due to a bit of blood going down your throat during the operation. If you do vomit, do not panic if there is blood in it, once it comes up, you should feel fine. You may be a bit groggy and sleep for a few hours after the surgery. The nurses will encourage you to eat something- it is ok to eat toast virtually straight afterward with no problem of damaging your throat. We were also told that on day 5 or 6 after the surgery you may feel a bit flat and your throat may hurt a little - this is due to the remaining scabs disolving. The main thing to remember is that you are in good hands, it is a routine operation and you will be perfectly fine. Be patient with yourself and trust that you will be fine - my son was sitting up within 3 hours of the surgery and demanding food and has not had any problems since!! I hope this helps you a little... The nurses may be able to give you a little something to calm you befor your operation if you are worried.. Don't be afraid to let them know how you feel, they will want to make you as comfortable and stress free as possible.
Best of luck - you will be great!!
xoxox Tabitha

Kate - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had my tonsils taken out a few years ago I was 28 maybe 29. Umm the surgery was an in and out surgery. When I woke up ,no pain at all until about 4 hours later and it is a short surgery where you are put under and they do wake you up. I believe I had general anastesia (SP).

When I woke I had no pain as I was numb for a good 4-5 hours. Then pain they gave me liquid vicadin (SP) which I originally did not want but later realized I needed it and it helped a ton. With out the painkillers I was in a ton of pain with the painkillers very little or none. I had a friend take care of my kids while I was in surgery and that day but in all reality I should have done the day after as that was worse. I was able to take care of my kids though and everything worked out. I do not remember how long I used the painkillers or how long the pain lasted but I am thinking 3-4 days as they gave me a weeks worth of medicine and I used 1 bottle (they gave me 2). Hope this helps oh yeah take the pain medicine before you are in pain otherwise you will regret it :) Sorry

Michele - posted on 01/21/2010

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I had the surgery in my mid 30s. Not going to lie to you, it was painful. You really won't have a voice for a good week. But the surgery was rather quick. You make get sick afterwards, but mainly because you tend to swallow blood.

On the bright side, I haven't had one sinus surgery since, and if I get a sore throat now, it's very minor compared to what I used to get. All in all, I have no regrets getting the surgery, the pain after was well worth it.

Don't be scared with going under though, it's really not that long of a surgery. It becomes a problem when you are under for a long time. You will be fine and it will be worth it when you are healed. Hope this helps a bit.

Ernestine - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have not had that kind of surgery, but I had brain surgery. If you believe in God, you have to have faith. Pray and ask God for strength and guidance. I don't know you, but I will pray for you also. It's going to be alright.

Nancy - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter had her's out at 21 and I'll be honest ~ the sedation was NOTHING compared to the pain afterwards. My advise is to take your pain medication on a regular basis and drink LOTS of fluids. FORCE YOURSELF. She had to go to the hospital on day three to because she was so dehydrated. Please don't be scared and trust me, you will get through it fine! Be tough.

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I had my right tonsil removed year 2000. I was asleep all throughout the operation.I was also scared like you but it's not as bad as I imagined it to be. I guess the hardest part comes after the operation because you will have a hard time eating solid foods in the first 2 weeks. They will advice you to eat ice cream instead. My meals consisted of yogurt or any food with this consistency. But after that phase,it's smooth sailing for you. You'll be fine.

Colleen - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have a thing about masks on my face too! I had my tonsils out at 4 years old and apparently ripped the mask off my face and took off down the hall in my half gassed state. Docs had to inject me to put me out. I now request needles above face masks wherever possible.

If you do get a mask, just remember to breathe and keep telling yourself you are gonna get through this. If you have to ask someone to whisper in it in your ear to help keep you focused on not ripping it off and freaking out, speak up about that!!

Yes things are not as you planned but just go with it and ask all the questions you need to. Hey at least they realised you were high risk and didn't land up with complications at the centre which could have been worse don't you think? Remember this is not a compulsory operation so you can pull out and we won't think anything less of you I promise!!

Goodluck if you are going in on Thursday. Will be thinking of you.

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2010

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being put under is not a big deal at all...I was like you last year when I had to have surgery. I had to have a hysterectomy 7 weeks after I had my son last year and I was scared of being put to sleep too, but it's nothing. They will tell step by step what they are doing. I had a great nurse back there with me and she was awesome!!! Anyway you will be talking one minute and then wake up after your surgery like nothing happened. And if you tell them you don't want to wake up feeling sick, they will give you something in your iv while you sleep to help with that too. Good luck and I hope everything goes well for you!!

Khyati - posted on 01/20/2010

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Yes, I had my tonsils out when I was 20. It was ok, felt groggy. Once you have the operation, you go to the recovery area and you are there until you come round. Its like having a nice undisturbed nap. I remember feeling sick after the operation, thats normal. Talk to the medical staff that will be dealing with your care, talk about your concerms and ask what they going to be using. Doctors told me to eat things like crisps and toast...but thats the worst advice I got and when I got home I got a big tub of ice cream and ate a bit to numb the pain before I had a meal every time..the pain should go after a week or two. They give you pain killers anyway. It will be ok- I made it through, having a baby is far more scary. Having tonsils out is a just procedure. Remember your babies and you will be ok. Hope it all goes well and you make a swift recovery and remember no more sore throats and recurring bouts of illnesses for a long time after this. Good Luck.

Cristy - posted on 01/19/2010

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You need to remember if you were too high risk they wouldn't do elective surgery on you, They are just being careful by having you in the main hospital. It's a good sign that you have a good doctor who isn't cavalier and taking risks with you.

Jane - posted on 01/19/2010

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Had it done when I was in middle school. Think about this: they are now so sophisticated that they can stop a heart, put it on ice, transplant or repair, put it back, and the patient recovers. The anesticist (sp. sorry) is usually a Dr. who has made that his exclusive field and the nurses doing it, or assisting are also rigorously trained. It is actually very pleasant and seems as though no time has passed at all. They take your entire medical history into consideration too. I say relax and enjoy it! You will have a slightly sore throat for a few days, but all in all, it is very minor.

Kirsten - posted on 01/19/2010

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Dearest Steph. I have had numerous surgery as an adult. When they put the IV in you will hardly feel it, especially if you have endured the pain of tatts (I have 3 tattoos). Let your surgery team know of your fears and they will be really supportive. I get nervous beore surgery and the Staff generally talk you through it and also hold your hand or rub your shoulders as you go under. You will be in an open recovery room so that you can be watched when you come out by yourself. You will be fine. I I can do it so can you. It'll be over before you know it. Good luck xxxxx

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i have all my questions written down, some of them i have be able to cross out already, and now with what's going on i've added a few more.... but it's on thursday as far as i know... i will find out tomorrow... i'm thinking i may have to stay over night since it's become a higher risk... but i'm staying calm breathing and looking forward to my throat NOT being swollen anymore...

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Cristy Wright .......

i'm scared of needles(even though i have 10 tattoos) and i also have problems with anything knowingly goin and being held in front of my face... when i had the twins i had oxygen problems. the nurse tried to put the mask on my face and my husband had to hold my arm from right hooking her in the face, sadly i was about to pass out so i don't really remember tryin to swing at the nurse at all, my doctor told me that he had it in my charts to just hold it above me and not touch my face but i guess she didn't read all the way through

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to update everything, i'm FREAKED out cuz they just moved me from out patient to into the hospital cuz i'm too high risk.... this went from something simple to not in just 24 hours... with all your posts i was starting to calm down about the whole thing but now i just don't know what to think, i started shaking on the phone when they told me that they couldn't allow my surgery to be at the center and i had to be fully checked into the hospital, something about since i had bronchitis they needed to monitor my respiratory closer during surgery

Lorra - posted on 01/16/2010

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I too have major panic disorder. I have had many surgeries as i had ovarian cancer. Do not worry, the anesthesiologist is well trained as to the dosage. They deal with this all of the time. I have never had a problem coming out of it. You will be just fine. Just know that when you are having the anxiety things seem 100 times worse than what they really are.

Candi - posted on 01/16/2010

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i had my gallbladder out last year, was the first time i was "put to sleep" and was scared to death. i am a nurse and know all that can go wrong, but i got through it with NO problems, and lots of Versed, a medication that takes away all anxiety and makes you forget everything, as soon as you have an IV they can give it to you. also, put your trust in God! Good Luck!

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i had it last year its very simple although i was scared too at first its the best thing i ever did i got tonsilitis at least 8-10 times a year its so good not having it

Sylvia - posted on 01/14/2010

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Keep remembering something else. I have had 7 operations, including a hysterectomy, and the procedures I have told u about were all exactly the same.

Sylvia - posted on 01/14/2010

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PS. No, I didn't get a mask put on my face. I was given an injection and told to count to ten whilst the anaesthetic was going in. Didn't even count to two!! So don't worry about this, anyway, before you get op u will chat with the anaesthetist and doctor and can ask all u'r questions, and tell them u'r worries.

Sylvia - posted on 01/14/2010

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I had my tonsils out when I was 32 because I was taking one attack after another. I woke up in my bed in the ward, shortyl after I was allowed to go for a quick wash. Didn't even feel sick, although I had a very sore throat, however, no worse than a bad dose of tonsillitis. We were brought strong painkillers every four hours, and, u'r not going to believe this, walking about next day, and even ate some crisps!!! We were told to do this to clean our throats. U will b slowly brought round in recovery room, you only get as much anaesthetic as your body weight, so won't b much, and operation doesn't take long. You are then brought back to ward to sleep it off, nurse keeps an eye on you until you waken up. Good luck, u'll feel a lot better afterwards! Let me know how u get on.

Jessica - posted on 01/14/2010

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ive had my tonsils out, its nothing dont freak out u will be fine! a cesarean is much worse and most if not all women survive them! and the recovery literally feels like tonsilitis, so dont worry id barely consider it surgery, seeing as they dont cut u open & u dont get stitches even!! all the best! ♥

Colleen - posted on 01/13/2010

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Hi Stephanie, so you're doing it then!! My mother always says 'don't worry about things that may never happen'. All surgery is scary and I think most of us don't like to be 'out of our own control' but you really wouldn't want them digging around in there with your eyes open!

The surgeons today are very jacked up and compared to some of these amazing procedures they do, taking your tonsils out will be pretty simple for them. They will make sure to check your medical history, allergies, heart problems etc. beforehand and will let you know if they think you shouldn't do it. The anethatist will control everything to put you under, keep you under and bring you out so trust him/her.

Nowdays they use the 'good drugs' that prevent you from remembering anything and thus there should be no weird flashbacks or anything strange. Many adults have had this done and made it through fine....I have a couple of friends who have and they are still with us!!

Maybe start taking rescue drops now to help you feel calmer leading up to your surgery......stop taking them the day before so that they are out of your system when you go into hospital. We'll all be here waiting to hear all about it, so make sure you pay attention so you can give us some good feedback!! Hey and if you like jello, you'll have the perfect excuse to eat for breakfast, lunch and supper!! Deep breaths, all is well.

Angie - posted on 01/13/2010

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I was reading another question you had and thought I'd go ahead and address it. When you first go in the morning of your surgery, they'll start an IV and will then administer a drug a to relax you. They'll administer a stronger anesthesia once you are in the OR. They use a device to keep your mouth wide opened during the surgery. You'll never know you were in the OR though!! You may remember a little in recovery. You may even remember a little as you are taken to the OR. I remember bits and pieces going to the OR. I don't remember being in recovery at all. I don't remember being taken to a room after recovery either. When I woke up enough to know that I wanted to go home, I was very nauseated. So they gave me an injection of phenergan and also brought me something to eat. You have to be able to eat and keep it down before they'll discharge you. I made myself wake up enough to eat a little so that I could go home. I remember bits and pieces of the drive home, but not much more that day! Try not to panic. It isn't that bad and the risks are very, very low. You shouldn't have any problems!

Angie - posted on 01/13/2010

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I had a tonsilectomy when I was 30 years old because of sleep apnea issues. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made!!! They give you something before you go into surgery to help relax you....which was very, very nice! Once you are in the OR they'll give you something stronger. Once your surgery is completed, they will give a drug that reverses the affects of the anesthesia. So to answer your question, you do not come out on your own! You will be fine. Once you are home, you need to make yourself sip water frequently to keep the back of your throat moist. You will not want to do this, but if you will, it will make the pain much less. My throat hurt the most when is was dry. Also, it will hurt when you first start drinking each time, but keep on and the pain lessens considerably as the water moistens it. Stay away from dairy foods and drinks....that means no ice cream, pudding, or milk! Dairy foods will coat the back of your throat and make you want to clear it constantly. You do not want that!! Jello, popsicles, luke warm or cool chicken broth with noodles, etc. are best. I even ate instant mashed potatoes and didn't have problems. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me!

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yes i have talked to doctors, but i don't wanna know how they feel about it. lol.. they are the ones doing it... but i have a pre-op visit with my doctor about it, and the center where i go said they run through it all with me as well, so i'll see if they can just give me the drugs via IV and if they are in your throat what kinda tube are they gonna put down my throat to remove my tonsils? won't it get in the way....


*deep breath, breathe slowy* ok, this is my first time having something major done, every time i broke a bone i never had to have in reset and when they pulled a tooth i had laughing gas and didn't care.. lol.. wisdoms were a pain, but i can't taken Novicane to they gave laughing gas, then i thought it was funny to have a mask on my face. lol... i also bit the dentist.

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Quoting Stephanie:

well, do they put something in front of your face to knock you out or is it a shot? i have 10 tattoos, don't get me wrong, but i'm scared of the long needles doctors use... :( and i have issues about things being in my face, i can't even wear sunglasses, i should wear reading glasses but i have to take a break after a min for about an hour for my anxiety to calm down... doctors can't explain that one either, but they think alot of my panic's stem from before i was adopted but it isn't proven either....



Hi Stephanie, I had my gall bladder out back in 2003 and I also was pretty scared about going under. I know that they put in an IV and thats where they put the medicine in to make you go under, I don't remember them putting anything around my face when I was awake. I came out of it on my own, really groggy and sleepy.



Have you had a consult with your surgeon yet? I had one before mine and he explained everything that was going to happen. If you can maybe ask to do that, or at least talk to your own doctor and they can explain it.



Good luck to you, you will be fine:)

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2010

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do not be afraid of the needles. the IVs these days are so super thin. not that its pleasant to have to get one, but the needles are microscopic compared to what they used years ago. and once you have the IV they wont need to prick you, they will put all your meds through the IV that will stay in place till y ou are almost ready to leave the hospital.

Jennifer - posted on 01/13/2010

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i have had many surgeries as an adult. you will start to wake up very soon after they turn off the anesthesia. it isnt long lasting, it works while it is given to you, but once they stop it you begin to regain conciousness. honestly when you go into the operating room they will most likely give you a sedative, OR you can ask that they do. this will relax you. then normally you will have an IV already in. In most cases they will give you gas first, a mask that goes over your face and honestly you wont remember that even it pretty much starts to knock you out very quick. after that you are also given meds in an IV. a tube is placed in your throat to keep your airway open and make sure you can "breathe". they have heart monitors and all sorts of monitors on you to measure your vital signs. in most cases when you do wake up you will be in the recovery room and will probably think they have not even started yet. its like time doesnt pass. its odd. but i never had any bad effects. some people get nauseated when they wake up but they can also give you meds in your IV that can get rid of that feeling too. if you get nauseted easily tell then ahead of time and they might already put it in there just to keep you comfy.

Good luck. surgery isnt fun, but its not awful. tonsils from what i have heard are not that bad, 2 of mine have been major abdominal. then i also just had a kidney stent placed last week when i was 34 weeks preggo with an epidural and iv drugs... i was "awake" but dont remember being awake. and i have had my thumb operated on under local anesthesia.i have also been completely under twice for oral surgeries. im a frequesnt flier. i wish you the best! i am sure you will do fine! :)

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you be fine i was scared about being put under for my c section thy didnt do it in the end i have health issues as well diabetice being one of them

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well, do they put something in front of your face to knock you out or is it a shot? i have 10 tattoos, don't get me wrong, but i'm scared of the long needles doctors use... :( and i have issues about things being in my face, i can't even wear sunglasses, i should wear reading glasses but i have to take a break after a min for about an hour for my anxiety to calm down... doctors can't explain that one either, but they think alot of my panic's stem from before i was adopted but it isn't proven either....

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I had surgery when my son was just over a year old. I had to have my thyroid taken out. I think the thing that bothered me most was being away from my baby. I have had other minor surgeries where I needed to be put under and every time I woke up with a grateful feeling that it was over. I think it's normal to have feelings of anxiety.
Talk to your doctor about it and have him talk you through the procedure and explain what they will be doing. Don't be afraid to ask questions about your surgery. I probably drove my doctor crazy with my questions but it made me feel better having it all explained to me. Having your tonsils removed is a very simple surgery and you will be fine. The anesthesia that they give you only lasts but so long. It will wear off and you will wake up in recovery. Best wishes to you.

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Quoting Amanda:

You will be just fine. When you get put under you come outon your own but they helpyou by giving you oxygen. Just remember thaqt you have your kids to come out of for and that no matter what God loves you and always will


thank you, you just pointed out the one good thing i do have in my life, other then my husband... I don't know what he'd do if i was stuck in the hospital for some reason....

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You will be just fine. When you get put under you come outon your own but they helpyou by giving you oxygen. Just remember thaqt you have your kids to come out of for and that no matter what God loves you and always will

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I haven't had that surgery but I have been put under before. It really isn't that bad, you will feel groggy for a bit but you will come out of it. You may feel a bit sick to your stomach afterwards but that is normal. Have you seen anyone about the panic attacks? There are things you can do (or take if thats what you choose) to help with that. I've dealt with panic attacs for a good portion of my life so I feel for you.

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