The Best Guide to Expectations after Tonsillectomy Surgery in Kenya

This is a list of questions commonly asked by patients from a tonsillar surgery (tonsillectomy) and adenotonsillectomy (removal of both tonsils and adenoids) and their respective answers. The answers highlight the different expectations one may have after the surgery.

Tonsillar Surgery expectations
Tonsillar Surgery expectations

Tonsillectomy is done on people who get sleep disturbance due to difficulty breathing from tonsillar enlargement, those who get too frequent tonsillitis (infection of the tonsils), and those whose tonsillitis doesn’t respond to medical treatments.

Most of the Private and Public Hospitals in Kenya from level 4 to level 6 are able to perfom the surgery thanks to the many ENT surgeons in the Country. The following is a summary of the indications of tonsillectomy and adenotonsillectomy in Kenya and the rest of the world:

  1. Hemorrhagic tonsillitis: tonsillitis that involves bleeding
  2. Obstructive sleep apnea: difficulty breathing at night due to obstruction of the airway as a result of enlargement of the tonsils
  3. Suspected Cancer
  4. Tonsillitis causing a fever that in turn causes seizures
  5. Cardiorespiratory complications: Tonsillitis caused by certain types of bacteria can lead to the development of Rheumatic fever and Rheumatic heart disease. The complications of these diseases can last for years.

The following are the effects to expect after tonsillectomy in Kenya within the first few hours and in the long term.

1. Is taste Lost after surgery?

    -No, you will not lose taste

2. Is there loss of immunity after tonsil removal surgery?

   -No, there is no loss of immunity.

3. What should I eat after surgery?

   -Take ice cream 2 hours after surgery. Then porridge and soup with yoghurt.

   -Take soft food for the first week after the procedure.

   -Drink water, Apple juice, or Grape juice at least one glass three times a day for 1 week. Within the first 24 hours after the operation, you are advised to avoid hot feeds and bleeding. Afterward, a normal diet can be given progressively as can tolerate.

4. Will I feel pain after surgery?

   -Pain and discomfort are expected for children that last 7 to 10 days and adults for 14 to 21 days. Use prescribed painkillers for the same period. Add if they get finished.

   -From 5 to 6 days after the operation, the pain may get worse as the membrane over the operation area gets smaller, it clears with time.

   -There may be ear pain from 7 to 10 days following an adenotonsillectomy; it’s not an ear infection but due to an operation.

   -If pain is not well controlled, there can be fluid regurgitation through the nose when swallowing. This normally clears as healing takes place.

5. Will the child snore after tonsillectomy surgery?

  -Snoring may be present for 8 to 10 days after the procedure. This is normal.

  -You will notice whitish-yellow areas over the throat where the tonsils were. This does not mean infection, it’s a protective layer that clears once the area heals. It doesn’t require additional antibiotics or gaggling. Bad breath is common during the healing period, it clears with time.

6. Will my voice change after the Tonsillectomy surgery?

  -Some children’s voices can be slightly different after the operation but soon return to normal after 2 to 3 weeks.

The information provided above is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to substitute professional advice. Please consult your doctor for any problems after the surgery.


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