Adult tonsillectomy is extermely painful, particularly days 5-8.
YOU MUST EAT TO AVOID POST OPERTIVE INFECTION AND BLEEDING.
The risk of bleeding is greatest days 5-12.
Plan A – Moderately Severe Pain
2 Panadol 4th hourly daytime to max 8 per day
1 Targin (10/5) at bedtime
Plan B – Very Severe Pain
1 Targin 12th hourly (10/5) i.e. two only in 24 hours) whilst taking 2 Panadols 4th hourly to max 8 per day.
Years ago, tonsillectomy in children was largely performed for recurrent tonsillitis. These days this is far outweighed by kids with snoring and sleep apnoea.
Kids often snore, especially if they have a cold, but if your kid’s snoring is associated with some of these symptoms you should consider the possibility of sleep apnoea:-
As the tonsil growth spurt occurs around 22 months of age, our patients start to present between ages 2 and 3. Some have been snoring for several years and present with poor concentration at school.
Please see “Other procedures/tonsillectomy” for more information regarding the procedure. Sleep apnoea means low levels of oxygen and this can impair intellectual development. If the diagnosis is not clear cut, consider a sleep study.
Following surgery, the snoring should be reduced or even absent. Swelling may mean this is delayed for a few days. Two months after the surgery, parents often notice a growth spurt and better appetite overall. This is due to the natural production of Growth Hormone in the deep cycle of the child’s sleep. As the sleep cycle has been restored this returns to natural levels.
Some kids are just happier overall at school and at home as their sleep is now refreshing.