Tonsillitis occurs when the back of your throat get sore and get infected. If it becomes too frequent a thing for you, then your doctor may suggest that you undergo a tonsillectomy or the surgical removal of the tonsils.
Treatment Options for Tonsillitis
The tonsils are actually two lumps of tissue that are there to catch germs, the down side to it is that sometimes the germs that they catch will just linger there and will develop infections. Another problem the tonsils may also cause is its propensity to affect breathing since it can block proper air flow.
Since the tonsils are causing more harm than good, more and more are seeking the help of doctors and are availing tonsillectomy.
What happens in the process of tonsillectomy? After the necessary blood and urine tests to check for possible complication and conditions you will be prepped for the surgery.
The night preceding the operation, you will be prohibited by your doctor from eating or drinking anything. This is because they are trying to avoid throwing up during the surgery.
As for the operation itself, after the administration of the anesthesia, the doctors will open your mouth and will remove the tonsils using a cutting tool or a burning tool. It will only take around twenty minutes to remove the tonsils. After the operation you may be feeling dizzy, but this is because of the drugs used to deaden the pain and to calm you. Within the next few days you will also experience sore throat and for some, a mild pain in the ears.
Tips for Fast Recovery
During your recovery and after the surgery, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, even if it causes you pain. Drinking fluids will speed up your recovery and will help you feel better. Be sure to spend the first two days after operation in bed. Keep drinking fluids and eat soft foods. Keep a constant stock of foods like soft drinks, ice cream, pudding and gelatins. It is also advisable to eat mashed potatoes, pasta, warm soups and scrambled eggs.
While recovering, you may opt to take pain relievers or some antibiotics to prevent possible infection. Don’t be worried if you notice little white patches in the back of your throat their presence are normal and they will eventually fall off as your healing progresses. After the one week, they will all be gone. At around this time as well, you will be returning to your doctor for a follow up check-up and observation.