Tonsil and adenoid removal - dischargeAdenoidectomy - discharge; Removal of adenoid glands - discharge
Your child had surgery to remove the adenoid glandsin thethroat. These glands are located between the airwaybetween the nose and the back ofthe throat. Often, adenoids are removed at the same time as the tonsils (tonsillectomy).
What to Expect at Home
Complete recovery takes about 1to 2 weeks. If only the adenoids are removed, the recovery usually takesonly 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 thesurgery.
While healing, your child may have:
- Nose stuffiness
- Drainage from the nose, which may be bloody
- Ear pain
- Sore throat
- Bad breath
- Slightfever for 1 to 2 days after surgery
- Swelling of the uvula in the back of the throat
If there is bleeding in the throat and mouth, have your childspit out the bloodinstead of swallowing it.
Try soft foods and cool drinks to ease throat pain, such as:
- Jell-O and pudding
- Pasta, mashed potatoes, and cream of wheat
- Low-fat ice cream, yogurt, sherbet, and popsicles
- Scrambled eggs
- Cool soup
- Water and juice.
Foods and drinks to avoid are:
- Orange and grapefruit juice and other drinks that contain a lot of acid
- Hot and spicy foods
- Rough foods like raw crunchy vegetables and cold cereal
- Dairy products that are high in fat. They may increase mucous and make it hard to swallow.
Your child's doctor will probably prescribe pain drugs for your child to use as needed.
Avoid drugs that contain aspirin. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is agood choice for pain after surgery. Ask your child's doctor if it is okay for your child to take acetaminophen.
When to Call the Doctor
Call the doctor if your child has:
- Low-grade fever that does not go away or a fever over 101 °F
- Bright red blood coming from the mouth or nose. If bleeding is severe, take your child to the emergency room or call 911.
- Vomiting andthere is a lot of blood
- Breathing problems. If breathing problems are severe, take your child to the emergency room or call 911.
- Nausea and vomiting that continues 24 hours after surgery
Wetmore RF. Tonsils and adenoids. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme. JW, eds.Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 375.
Review Date: 11/9/2012
Reviewed By: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.