Adenoidectomy - discharge; Removal of adenoid glands - discharge; Tonsillectomy - discharge
Your child had surgery to remove the tonsil and adenoid glands in the throat. These glands are located in the back of the throat and in the upper airway between the nose and the back of the throat. Often, adenoids are removed at the same time as the tonsils (tonsillectomy).
Complete recovery takes about 2 weeks. If only the adenoids are removed, the recovery most often takes only a few days. Your child will have pain or discomfort that will get better slowly. Your child's tongue, mouth, throat, or jaw may be sore from the surgery.
While healing, your child may have:
If there is bleeding in the throat and mouth, have your child spit out the blood instead of swallowing it.
Try soft foods and cool drinks to ease throat pain, such as:
Foods and drinks to avoid are:
Your child's health care provider will probably prescribe pain drugs for your child to use as needed.
Avoid drugs that contain aspirin. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good choice for pain after surgery. Ask your child's provider if it is OK for your child to take acetaminophen.
Call the provider if your child has:
Ungkanont K. Adenoidectomy. In: Meyers EN, Snyderman CH, eds. Operative Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 191.
Wetmore RF. Tonsils and adenoids In: Kliegman RM, St. Geme JW, Blum NJ, Shah SS, Tasker RC, Wilson KM, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 21st ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2020:chap 411.BACK TO TOP
Review Date: 12/31/2020
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