- The throat will be very sore, particularly with swallowing, for around 2 weeks.
- Paracetamol and ibuprofen are to be taken regularly, and stronger pain relief will be provided to use as needed when this isn’t sufficient. Xylocaine viscous is a local anaesthetic gel which is held in the mouth and can help numb the throat. Prednisone is often prescribed for a week, this is an oral steroid which acts as an anti-inflammatory and can help with the pain.
- Ear pain is common and due to referred pain from the tonsils.
- There are no particular dietary restrictions but a soft diet may be better tolerated.
- Ice blocks / icy poles are also excellent to help soothe the throat and keep hydrated.
- Chewing gum or chewy lollies keep the jaw moving and can help with pain.
- If food isn’t tolerated but you still managing good fluid intake then this is acceptable but if you are not managing sufficient fluids, please contact the rooms.
Fever and bad breath
Bad breath, a white or yellow layer over the tonsil bed, taste disturbance and mild fevers (<38.5 °C) are also common during the healing phase. Please contact your surgeon if there is persistent fever over 38.5 °C.
Traces of blood in the saliva are fairly common but if you are spitting up fresh blood you will need to present to the emergency department or call an ambulance. You will need to stay within an hour of a major hospital (with ENT services) in the postop period (14 days).
If you are experiencing difficulty breathing, please call Dr Timperley, attend the emergency department or call an ambulance.