Adult Tonsillectomy

xgreatlovex xgreatlovex
First of all I would like to clarify some misrepresentation. There is in fact a HUGE difference between and adult and a child tonsillectomy. A childs procedure is cut stick 5-7 day recovery. An adult has them burnt out with a 14-30 day recovery. I had my tonsils removed on Dec 1st 2010, I am 26 years old. I have piercings and tattoos and in general not scared of pain. Always get sick alot but the last few years I was just sick time after time to the point they were sending me to immune specialists. I am so glad I had it done its just nice to get the balls out of my throat so to speak (yes my tonsils were that large) and I'm looking forward to not bieng sick but theres a few things...

In 15 days I could eat nothing more than luke warm water. Now mind you I also developed a fungal infection on my tongue that went untreated throughout this time and that made everything taste like fire but the tonsils were quite the part of it as well..... I lost 30 pounds in 15 days. No amount of perc could make the pain go away I was completely and utterly beside myself trying to sleep my life away while my boyfriend awoke me with an oven timer ever 45 minutes around the clock to drink. Drinking is your lifeline. if your tonsils dry out OMG the pain is just incomprhensible and dry tonsils promote an already extremly high hemorage risk. Adults have alot more blood vessels and nerves than children.

The doctors all were very serious with fear in their eyes as they said that this was not a surgery "to be taken lightly" which is why they put it off and made me get sick for a whole extra year to make sure is was necisary. I developed chronic tonsilitis and spent two months in the magical land of crypts and stones (for those who havent been there your tonsils can get so large they touch in the middle and then develop caverns that fill with balls of bacteria)

I would love to hear from other ADULT patients lol! It seems they are rather hard to come by, I was all the talk amoungst the nurses in my small town "was it really as bad as they say!?" yes. and worse.
01/12/2011
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Raggedy Andie Raggedy Andie
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Originally posted by xgreatlovex
First of all I would like to clarify some misrepresentation. There is in fact a HUGE difference between and adult and a child tonsillectomy. A childs procedure is cut stick 5-7 day recovery. An adult has them burnt out with a 14-30 day recovery. I ... More
Oh man, I feel for you but I still have my stupid tonsils. :/

I get strep about 5 times every year and I have been since I was a child. When I was young, they were into keeping the tonsils around instead of getting rid of em so I had to keep mine and deal with being sick a lot.

When I hit 18, I was so fed up I made an apt with a ENT specialist. He told be it would feel like swallowing razor blades for weeks and there was a high risk of hemorrhage due to my age. He scared me out of getting it done.

I also have tattoos and piercings but the thought of bleeding uncontrollably from my throat gives me the heebie-jeebies.

I hope you are better by now?
01/12/2011
xgreatlovex xgreatlovex
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Originally posted by Raggedy Andie
Oh man, I feel for you but I still have my stupid tonsils. :/

I get strep about 5 times every year and I have been since I was a child. When I was young, they were into keeping the tonsils around instead of getting rid of em so I had to keep ... More
They scared me out of getting it done too! BUT my tonsils became chronically ill basically and they had to come out. In the last two years years I can't even tell you how many times I was sick ALOT basically all the time i really dont think i've been 100% health for a long time. I'm doing great now! No pain for a few weeks other than yawning. Are you tonsils enlarged all the time? One of mine was for the past two years, i think if you have an enlarged tonsil continually you should definitly reconsider the surgery because they will make you wait until there is "no other option" basically go home and get sick.
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