Removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) and/or adenoids (adenoidectomy) is one of the most frequently performed throat operations. It has proven to be a safe and effective outpatient surgical method to resolve breathing obstruction and recurrent tonsillitis. As with any surgical procedure, along with the well-known benefits, there are also rare side effects.
Side Effects & Risks
The most common side effect is post-operative pain. It is similar to what you would experience with a common throat infection. Pain medications will help alleviate some of the symptoms.
In a small percentage of cases, there will be some post-operative bleeding. It can occur immediately after the surgery, or within the first two weeks.
Dehydration is another common risk. Because swallowing is uncomfortable after surgery, there can be poor fluid intake. It is very important to drink as much fluid as possible during the post-operative period to avoid dehydration.
Nausea or vomiting can occur in some cases. It can be an effect of the anesthesia or taking the pain medication on an empty stomach. Please contact our office if you have three episodes of vomiting.