Tonsillectomy (cont.)

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When to call the doctor

Notify the doctor if the patient has:

  1. A sudden increase in the amount of bleeding from the mouth or nose that lasts more than a few minutes.

  2. A fever greater than 101.5 F (38.6 C) that persists despite increasing the amount of fluid they drink and administration of acetaminophen (Tylenol and others). A child with a fever should try to drink approximately one-half cup of fluid each waking hour, and an adult should drink one cup per hour.

  3. Persistent sharp pain or headache which is not relieved by pain medications prescribed.

  4. Increased swelling or redness of the nose, neck, or eyes.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy At A Glance

  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure performed to remove the adenoids.

  • The tonsils and adenoids are masses of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal passages.

  • All surgical procedures have risks and potential complications.

  • Understanding what is involved before, during, and after surgery can help the patient recover from surgery as comfortably as possible.

Last Editorial Review: 2/25/2009

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