Your throat will be sore
Your throat will sore for approximately ten days. It is important to take painkillers regularly, half an hour before meals for at least the first week. Do not take aspirin because it may make you bleed.
Eat normal food
Eating food will help your throat to heal. It will help the pain too. Drink plenty of water and stick to bland non spicy food. Chewing gum may also help the pain.
You may have sore ears
This is normal. It happens because your throat and ears have the same nerves. It does not mean that you have an ear infection.
Your throat will look white
This is normal while your throat heals. You may also see small threads in your throat - they are used to help stop the bleeding during the operation, and they will fall out by themselves.
Some people get a throat infection after surgery, usually if they have not been eating properly. If this happens you may notice a fever and a bad smell from your throat. Call your GP or the hospital for advice if this happens.
You will need 10 to 14 days off work
Make sure you rest at home away from crowds and smoky places. Keep away from people with coughs and colds. Your may feel tired for the first few days.
Bleeding can be serious
If you notice any bleeding from your throat, you must see a doctor. Call your GP, call the ward, or go to your nearest hospital casualty department.
Source ENT: UK
To access the original patient information leaflet visit Adult Tonsil Surgery on the ENT UK website. Here you will find a wealth of information on conditions and procedures relating to ENT.