Why are tonsillectomies so popular, and if you are due to have one, do they save your life? There is a lot of information and misinformation floating around about tonsillectomies, so I put together some tips and tools to help you make the best possible decision.
I have a tonsillectomy scheduled for next week, and I’m anxious to have this procedure done. Do I need to have my blood pressure checked beforehand?
If you are having your tonsils removed, you may be exposed to very high levels of mercury or lead in your blood. If you have, say, high blood pressure or have mercury or lead in your blood before, after or over time, you should ask your doctor about it. If you have high blood pressure, you should ask your doctor about high blood pressure medication you may be taking that might be affecting your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure and you are taking medication for it, you should ask your doctor if your level is elevated. If your blood pressure is high after you have your tonsils removed, you should ask your doctor if this is something to monitor further and if you need to make any changes to your lifestyle to protect your blood pressure, to reduce your risk of blood pressure spikes in the future.
Why are tonsillectomies so popular?
Tonsillectomies are the most common outpatient surgery in the United States, accounting for about 10 percent of general surgery procedures. The total number of surgeries has increased by about 50 percent since the early 1990s. For people who are age 13 or older, it has become a much more common and common outpatient procedure than it used to be.
This procedure is among the least invasive surgeries available. Few risk factors exist to improve the procedure. Everything in your body is removed, but just parts of your tonsils that are causing your problems are also removed. All of this helps limit the time spent in the hospital after the procedure, and your recovery time is typically about three to four days. It also allows you to get to work as soon as possible.
What are some guidelines for treatment after tonsillectomy?
Before the tonsillectomy, your doctor will typically examine your tonsils, filter your blood and perform a few other tests, including a mouth swab test to check for cavities and gum disease, and a chest X-ray to check for heart disease. Your doctor will also order a clinical chemistry test to check your blood pressure, a cervical cap test (to check for nerve damage) and a complete blood count.
After the procedure, your doctor may want to use a calcium scoring test to help assess the effectiveness of your recovery. If you experience any pain, swelling or fever, you might need to follow a specific treatment plan. Your doctor will also prescribe any painkillers for you. If you have a form of postoperative pain syndromes, they are often caused by nerve damage in your lower gastrointestinal tract after tonsillectomy. These problems can last several months or a few years after the tonsillectomy. Painkillers alone will not work for all patients. It can take time to heal, but you can expect some muscle repair after the procedure.
Any additional health risks?
If you have had a tonsillectomy in the past, there are some serious complications that can occur after your tonsils are removed. While you don’t want to wait until you are in the hospital after the procedure to discuss possible complications, the risk factors for these complications tend to be the same as for all surgeries: dehydration, infection, complicated sedation, high blood pressure, and confusion. You should have your doctor discuss potential complications with you ahead of time to discuss your risk for each and what you can do to manage your risks.
Can you have a full tonsillectomy and a normal tonsillectomy operation without bleeding?
It’s a very uncommon complication. There are different types of so-called “successful” surgeries. In a “successful” tonsillectomy, the surgery is performed without blood loss and within the same hour.
What are the risks of a stent operation after tonsillectomy?
If you’re having your tonsils removed and your doctor takes out a stent, you will have the surgery for that specific problem and will not need a procedure for the removal of the stent. You may need an outpatient procedure to have an outpatient stent installed; your doctor will discuss that with you. If your tonsils are removed surgically, you will have several procedures with your doctor after your tonsils are removed: A biopsy and blood work, chest x-rays, complete