A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Tonsillectomy
I had a question the other day about tonsillectomy.
A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of your tonsils.
Your adenoids may or may not be removed at the same time.
A general anesthetic is always used to sedate a child having a tonsillectomy.
Adults may need only a local anesthetic to numb the throat.
The surgery is usually done as outpatient surgery or, sometimes, during an overnight hospital stay.
A very sore throat usually follows a tonsillectomy and may last for several days.
This may affect the sound and volume of your voice and your ability to eat and drink.
You may also have bad-smelling breath for a few days after surgery.
There’s a very small risk of bleeding after surgery.
A child having a tonsillectomy may feel “out of sorts” for a week to 10 days.
But if the child is feeling well enough, there’s no need to restrict his or her activity or to keep the child home after the first few days.
A tonsillectomy may be done in the following cases:
<You have ongoing or recurring episodes of tonsillitis.
>You have recurring episodes of strep throat in 1 year despite antibiotic treatment.
>Abscesses of your tonsils don’t respond to drainage.
>A persistent foul odor or taste in your mouth is caused by tonsillitis and doesn’t respond to antibiotic treatment.
>A biopsy is needed to evaluate a suspected tumor of the tonsil.
>Especially in children, the tonsils are so large they affect nighttime breathing, called sleep apnea.
Large tonsils aren’t a reason to have a tonsillectomy unless they’re causing one of the above problems or they’re blocking the upper airway, which may cause sleep apnea or problems with eating.
Children whose tonsils are removed for recurrent throat infections may have fewer and less severe strep throat infections for at least 2 years.
But over time many children who don’t have surgery also have fewer throat infections.
Adults who have their tonsils removed after repeated strep throat infections don’t get as many new infections as adults who don’t have the surgery.
And adults who had the surgery also don’t get sore throats as often.
To deal with tonsillectomy it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily as it hydrates body and brain cells, thins mucus, and flushes toxins.
*Balance Omega-3/Omega-6 essential fats.
*Decrease toxic household cleaning, laundry, and personal care products and/or poor air quality.
*Decrease possible triggers, allergies, sensitivities; eliminate dairy products.