• United States
7 Mar 07
What is a tonsillectomy? A tonsillectomy (ton-seh-leck-teh-me) is an operation where your tonsils are taken out of your throat. If you have tonsillitis a lot, or if your tonsils get really big and you have trouble breathing, your doctor and parents may decide they need to be removed. What happens when i have a tonsillectomy? After dinner the night before your tonsillectomy, you won't be allowed to eat or drink anything -- even water! When you arrive at the hospital, you'll ut on a special bracelet with your name on it and hospital clothes. Then you will meet the doctors and nurses that will be helping you. When the doctor is ready, you'll be given a special medicine that makes you fall asleep. Then, the doctor and nurses will use special tools to remove your tonsils. It doesn't take very long - just 20 minutes! When you wake up, you will be with your Mom or Dad and the operation will be all over. Your throuat will hurt but the nurses and doctors will keep an eye on you to make sure you're okay. In a few hours you will be redy to go home. Your throuat will be sore for a few weeks, but your tonsils won't bother you ever again! What happens after i get home? When you get home, be sure to drink a lot and get lots of rest. It will help to keep your throat moist and your body energized. You can eat non-dairy posicles and other cold treats or soft food that makes your throat feel better, but save ice cream for the next day. Ice cream and other milk products can make your throuat worse right after the operation. Within two weeks, you'll be back to school and better than ever!
26 Jan 07
They wanted to do this to me years ago but I refused to let them . Years ago it was something they did all the time but over time I think they realized that it is a serous operation and not everyone needed it done . Also the older you are the more risks of something going wrong in any surgery .