Obstructive sleep apnea can be both irritating to a bed partner, but also dangerous to the person experiencing the apnea episodes. We always insist that our patients undergo a sleep study prior to recommending any surgery, but a tonsillectomy is one option for the treatment of this condition. Tonsils are glands found at the base of the throat, and when they become enlarged, they can contribute to blocked airways that lead to sleep apnea. Unfortunately, a tonsillectomy in adults can be extremely painful, requiring a recovery period of at least two weeks, so our post-operative instructions need to be carefully followed.
Dietary: Avoid citrus fruit juices (orange, lemon, etc.), spicy and highly seasoned foods, crunchy foods (popcorn, chips).
First Day: Drink lots of water and other fluids, gelatin, popsicles, sherberts. Milk products and ice cream are not recommended because they may not be easily swallowed or digested. Dehydration will cause increased pain and fever.
Second Day: Continue with lots of fluids, adding milk products, ice cream, milkshakes, puddings, soft cereal, creamed soups, and soft-cooked eggs.
Third Day: More soft foods may be added as the patient tolerates and desires. Foods should be easy to chew and soft to swallow.
If fever of 102 F or above does not respond quickly to Tylenol and increased fluid intake (within 4 hours), call the office @ 784-7722. If after 5:00 pm go directly to the emergency room.
Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns. After 5:00pm, the answering service will contact Dr. Daube and he will return your call as soon as possible.
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