A typical tonsillectomy takes between 30 to 45 minutes, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. The surgery is done under general anesthesia, and the patient is usually kept at the hospital for several hours for observation before being released.Continue Reading
Complications such as bleeding, low oxygen saturation and vomiting can cause a tonsillectomy patient's stay to last overnight, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. Recovery from the surgery typically takes between five and seven days. During this time of recovery, it is important for the patient to drink plenty of fluids. There are usually no dietary restrictions placed on patients following surgery, though a soft diet is often recommended. Pain medicine such as acetaminophen with hydrocodone may be prescribed to help ease the pain associated with swallowing during recovery.
As the patient begins to return to a normal diet and the need for pain medicine during eating and drinking subsides, activity may be slowly increased. During this time, it is normal to see very small specks of blood in the nose or saliva. However, if bright red bleeding occurs, the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery recommends contacting a doctor immediately or heading to the emergency room.Learn more about Health
When treating an acute sinus infection in a small child, a doctor may prescribe a nasal decongestant or saline spray, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Saline sprays thin mucus secretions and are provided as short-term relief. Chronic sinusitis can be treated by an ear, nose and throat specialist who may recommend surgery for the child.Full Answer >
Tinnitus is essentially a ringing noise in the ears when the sound is not actually there, as stated by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Most people will experience tinnitus at some point in their life but it is usually for only a short period of time and may only be in one ear. People who experience constant tinnitus may need to seek medical attention.Full Answer >
A doctor of otolaryngology treats diseases of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Otolaryngologists are trained in surgery as well as medicine and may choose to specialize in one of several subspecialties.Full Answer >
Vocal cords that are swollen due to a viral infection known as acute laryngitis can cause people to lose their voices, explains the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. Hoarseness or loss of a voice may also be triggered by acid reflux disease and exposure to chemicals or smoke.Full Answer >