Tonsillectomy Recovery in Adults

Tonsillectomy recovery in adults in adults is more difficult than in children, although each patient will have a different experience. Post-operative recovery can take from 10 up to 20 days, with moderate to severe sore throat pain lasting 1-2 weeks, and ear pain for about 7-10 days. Pain medications are typically prescribed, as well as using an ice pack or ice collar. Most surgeons advise consuming clear liquids such as water, broth, apple juice, and popsicles after surgery, advancing to soft foods when you feel ready.

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