How long is the healing process after a tonsillectomy?

Healing after a tonsillectomy can be different for each person:

  • Pain is common and may get worse 3 to 4 days after the surgery. This pain is often worse in the morning and may last up to 2 weeks. Your doctor will design a medication plan to address your pain.
  • There may be discoloration where the tonsils were removed. When the area is healed completely in about 3 to 4 weeks, the discoloration will be gone.
  • You should plan on resting at home for at least a week after the tonsillectomy, and limit activity for 2 weeks.
  • There is a risk of bleeding after a tonsillectomy. The risk decreases after 10 days.

What should you eat after a tonsillectomy?

After a tonsillectomy, a key to recovery is making sure that you drink enough fluids. Soft and/or cool foods often are easiest for about one week, but you may feel free to add things to your diet as long as you can tolerate the foods. You should still avoid hard and spicy foods.

Recommended items include:

  • Water or any other liquid
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Puddings
  • Applesauce
  • Broth
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs

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