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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Post Operative Bleeding After Tonsillectomy

By March 15, 2009

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I read an interesting article on post-op bleeding after tonsillectomy today. The premise of the article was to determine how much bleeding was acceptable after a tonsillectomy. The hospital I work for recommends coming to the ER if you have any bright red bleeding from the tonsil beds. The reason being that there is a major artery that is in close proximity to the operative site.

After reading the article I still agree with them. If you don't go directly to the ER you should at the very least give your surgeon a call. I think it's difficult for a patient to determine how much they're actually bleeding. For one thing a lot of the blood will be swallowed so it's really hard to properly measure the amount of blood coming from the back of the throat. Any doctor will tell you that while 10ml of blood shouldn't cause any physiological stress it looks like a large amount of blood when you're wearing it on your shirt.

Comments
November 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm
(1) CE says:

Our son had his tonsils and adenoids removed and experienced severe bleeding 5 days post surgery. My husband called the doctor’s office and was instructed to use ice water for 30 minutes and then call again. After 15 minutes, my husband called and said he was coming in. The doctor still insisted he see our son in his office before he went to the emergency room. The bleeding was extensive and severe (I came home to find half of a large ice cream bucket full of blood on the kitchen counter). When the surgeon saw our son he immediately sent him to the operating room. He required cauterization to stop the bleeding and stayed in the hospital overnight for observation. In 5 more days, he experienced another bleeding episode and rather than call the doctor’s office, I drove straight to the emergency room. The second episode was again extensive and severe, also requiring surgery and another overnight stay in the hospital. I would highly recommend that anyone who experiences bleeding after tonsillectomy proceed straight to the emergency room and perhaps call the doctor on the way. Our son required a blood transfusion after the second bleeding episode.

November 26, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(2) ent says:

About 5 days out the scabs come off and there’s an increased risk of bleeding. We had one physician insist that patients call him first so they could try the whole ice water thing but I never do. Any bright red blood and I say it’s ER or bust.

February 13, 2010 at 12:29 am
(3) jose says:

My name is jose lopez i live in brooklyn and i had my tonsils removed and about a 2 weeks past and then in november 15 2009. It was about 7:49 i was playing my play station until i feel something comming down my nose and then it came to my mouth then i started splitting blood out of my mouth i was scared. I was losing blood i swollowed some of my blood so my mom toke me to the hospital and brong tissues and when were in the hospital the doctor gave me cold ice water to gargle up then i had to get my paper and go home. When i went home blood stop coming out and i fell asleep then on friday nothing happend and then saturday at midnight i woke up and then i split blood out agian i went to the hospital and now this time.i was vomiting blood they put me on a bed and put things in my body and said that my blood is very low and about 5 minutes in the bed the bleeding stop.i had to wait untill they took me up to the other room. My father and my little brother came to visit me they stayed for like 20 minutes and left the doctors said i had to stay here for 2 days they took me up the other room and took care of me they gave me other papers and i went home and nothing happend the doctors said that blood would never come out agian and now its feb 12 2010 and nothing happend and i feel well and okay.

October 11, 2010 at 7:17 am
(4) Kelly says:

I just had my tonsils out on Thursday. Today is day 5 and I woke up at 1:15am bleeding. I was worried but was too tired to do anything but drink real cold ice water and gargle with it. I fell back asleep around 3:30 and woke up again at about 6:30 with a mouth full of blood. I immediately grabbed my ice water and went to the bathroom. This time it was pouring out of my mouth. I tried getting it under controll for about 15 mins and it still wast stopping so i had my mother call the doctor. Doctor said wait about 20 mins to see if it will slow down and stop if not go to the ER. It slowed down in about 15 mins so I am now going to see the doc at 8:30 when they open. We’ll see what happens after this. I hope I dont have to go back into surgery. That would SUCK!!

October 11, 2010 at 10:05 am
(5) ent says:

I hope everything works out okay. Let us know what happens! They may have to re-cauterize the tonsil beds if it doesn’t stop :(

December 13, 2010 at 2:01 am
(6) Jryan0606 says:

Ewww thank u sooo much for these posts. I had mine out 7 days ago and. I’m bleeeeeding It’s 2am and I’m afraid to go to bed… Got a drs apt at 6am ahhhhhhh … Painnnnn

December 13, 2010 at 2:02 am
(7) Jryan0606 says:

Ewww thank u sooo much for these posts. I had mine out 7 days ago and. I’m bleeeeeding It’s 2am and I’m afraid to go to bed… Got a drs apt at 6am ahhhhhhh

December 26, 2010 at 3:13 pm
(8) leslie says:

It’s been six days since tonsillectomy, I had bleeding all night. I ate crushed ice and applied an ice pack. How do I know if this is severe or not, I didn’t spit any blood up but swallowed it all. I can’t tell if it’s still bleeding I have a post-op tomorrow. Any suggestions as to waiting until tomorrow or going to the ER.

January 13, 2011 at 4:29 am
(9) nick says:

i had my tonsils removed on dec 22 2010 that night i lost half of my blood supply, my wounds had opened and i was gushing blood out of my mouth. my mother rushed me to the er where i continued to lose more and more blood. i was rushed to the or where the “doctor” ripped out one of my IV’s so they had to insert another into my arm. now i am bleeding from my mouth and arm where the IV had been. They knocked my out and inserted a breathing tube ect. A week later (new years eve) i went through the exact same process with out the IV being torn out of my arm. I coughed in the morning and spat up a chunk of blood, after which i began to bleed again. I went through three surgeries in a weeks time, had two breathing tubes shoved down my throat and had my stomach pumped because i had swallowed so much blood. I’m now going on three weeks of recovery with some pain still. I dont think the extra two surgeries helped my healing process one bit and frankly i am getting very frustrated with the doctor for; one lying to me about recovery time ( i was told 10 to 14 days) im going on 22 days and two for saying that everything was ‘normal’ durring the whole process. hopefully noone will have to go through the hell i experienced…

January 15, 2011 at 2:45 am
(10) Alex says:

I had my tonsils removed on Jan 5th (10 days ago). I, also, am going through something similar to Nick. 3 days after, I started bleeding pretty intensely, I was coughing loads of blood all over my house. I rushed to the ER and ended up at the OR for cauterization. I was hospitalized for 2 days then released to go home. 2 days later another hemorrhage happens and another ride to the OR for cauterization, this time not as serious as the first one. The doctor also had said that recovery would be a breeze and that it was very rare that I would bleed post the first operation. Yesterday I woke up to a mouthful of blood and rushed once again back to the ER. Once I get there I magically stop bleeding by the time the doc gets there to check it out. He says that this time I was bleeding how any other person normally bleeds after the initial procedure. I don’t know what else to believe from this doc, I am just getting very frustrated and upset. Instead of being on day 10 I am more like on day 2 or 3. Right now I feel more stable and it seems like recovery is actually going how it should have in the first place. My situation is supposedly in the ‘rarity’ of all tonsillectomy’s. I just want to go back being able to eat real food. On the bright side, I don’t snore anymore and sleep is way better than before. Good luck to anyone getting this procedure done in their future.
Side note: Make sure you load up of the pain meds. I found Lortab to be a wonder for me.

February 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm
(11) StephB says:

My daughter is 10 and had her tonsils out just over 3 weeks ago. On day 34, she had a massive haemorrhage – blood pouring out like projectile vomitting for over 20 mins. Got her to ER, was prepared for surgery but it stopped which they thought was her body going into shock, so put her on iv antibiotics and observed her for 2 days and seemed OK. A week later, another bleed had us back in the ER, this time they cauterised it (only one side bleeding) and kept her in overnight to observe. Then, two days later, another bleed as the cauterised area “cracked”, so they have re-cauterised and we have spent another 4 days in hospital. Having got home only hours ago, it has started to bleed again, though only slowly for now, so managing it with ice cubes and closely monitoring her. They said this time if it doesnt stop they will have to do deeper cauterisation and stitching, but the stitching itself could allow places for it to bleed from again. This is such a nightmare, my daughter is petrified and very weak and low. This was supposed to be a routine operation – all of us have had our tonsils out in this family and never had any problems. The hospital ENT dept say they have never seen more than one bleed ever! Total nightmare.

February 7, 2011 at 7:34 am
(12) StephB says:

Just got out of hospital again from 5th bleed. My daughter had emergency surgery with bipolar cauterisation. We are hoping that finally, a month on, this will stop things permanently. We are all exhausted and she is still in agony – her throat looks like someone has lit a bonfire down it! Never believed a routine tonsilectomy could turn out like this (all of us in the family have had our tonsils out, and all straightforward). No-one at the hospital will say why, but there is a good possibility that they “nicked” a blood vessel while removing them.

March 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm
(13) Stephanie says:

Over this past Christmas break I had a tonsillectomy. Since I am 21, I was told that it would be more painful than if I had had it at 3. The recovery went exactly how my Doctor said it would. By the 12th day I was feeling good enough to go out for a little with friends. I came home and ate Ravioli; because I was still being careful. At 1 AM I tasted something weird in my mouth. After spitting about 3CCs of blood into my hand I rushed to wake my mom up. For an hour we worked to stop the bleeding, and at one point we did, but it continued more heavily as time passed. (Later we would learn that you should not drink ice cold water.) We went to the ER and as soon as we stepped through the doors I began vomiting large blood clots. It was a very scary experience, especially when the clots would stick to the back of my throat and block my airway. For some reason the Doctors allowed me to bleed from 1 AM to 7 AM. I also was allowed to return home without out my Hemoglobin level checked. Three days later I returned to the ER and had a blood transfusion. Scariest moment of my life!

March 19, 2011 at 10:40 am
(14) Serd says:

I had the operation on 10th of March. 1 week later, on 7th night, I woke up bleeding. It almost stopped in 5 minutes. I went to hospital and send an sms to my doctor (it was 3 a.m.) She came to the hospital, cleaned up the remaining dry blood. But she did not let me go for 24 hours. Now I feel good but I really wonder if it will happen again.

I read the commets. Why it almost always bleeds during the sleep? Secondly, is the bleeding initiated by something eaten or it is irrelevant.

I wish you all a healthy life.

March 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm
(15) Karyn says:

I had post tonsillectomy bleeding 10 days after surgery. I woke up without any warning or coughing swalling what I thought was saliva at first…when I went to the bathroom my mouth was filling up with a strange liquid and i coughed and sprayed blood on our bathroom floor. I went to the bathroom sink and held my mouth open and blood literally ran from my mouth. My husband called 911 and within 5-6 minutes an ambulance had arrived and I had filled half the sink full of blood. By the time I had been taken to ER, I had approx. 1.5 litres of blood (according to the paramedic). Thankfully they were able to stop the bleeding with a ball of gauze and some conconction the ER Dr said was adrenalin and a few other items (something chalky?) made into a ball shape and shoved back to the right side of my throat (my right tonsil was the one bleeding). After about 8 minutes, it stopped. I have never been so scared in my life. I have never seen this much blood before. I stayed in hospital for 3 days on an IV drip, the 3rd day I was given a blood transfusion as my haemaglobin levels were still very low and my energy levels were very low and I was tired. About 2 hours after the transfusion I was discharged and haven’t had any problems since. I am grateful I wasn’t taken back to surgery to stop the bleed as I am told the healing process begins again as if it were day 1…more scabs to heal!

March 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm
(16) Adam Rosal says:

My tonsils were removed 21 september 2010 i bleed 5 days later 26 sep, approximately 2,000 ml and greater rushed to operating room and was cauterized, September 28 i bleed again greater than 2,000 ml again rushed to operating room cauterized again. September 30th i bleed again this time close to 3,000 ml class 3 hemorrhage i wouldnt have survived the trip to the operating room so i was cauterized awake on the emergency room floor. October 1st bleed again greater than 2,000 ml went to operating room cauterized again. October 3rd another class 3 hemorrhage more than 3,000 ml of blood lost i was white as a ghost before i made it to the operating room, this was my last bleed what the doctors did this time was separate my jaw cauterize my throat and then sewed sponges soaked in coagulants over my arteries and was given a massive platelet transfusion.
later on i would be given many blood tests and discovered i have a disease called dense granule storage pool disease, basically my platelets dont bond to form proper clots, this is very rare, the test that confirmed it is called blood platelet aggregation test.
the blood i was losing looked like a horror movie doctors, ambulance drivers, nurses, and fireman looked like scarred children when they came upon me, their faces told me the story of the condition i was in.

DO NOT WAIT!!! DO NOT SEE THE DOCTOR IN HIS OFFICE FIRST!!! GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM AS SOON AS YOU CAN! THE DOCTORS OFFICE CAN NOT ASSIST YOU DURING THIS TIME ONLY THE E.R. CAN! EVERY SECOND IS PRECIOUS!

the reason being, simply your dying… your organs are shutting down and cramping if you survive this later down the road the damage to the rest of your body from the organs not getting blood shows up, many problems happen to you later on from the loss of blood, unless its stopped in time. if your bleeding now and reading this call 911 now tell them your a post op bleed and to have the suction canister ready. good luck.

April 18, 2011 at 10:36 am
(17) RACH says:

SO I GOT MY TONSILS REMOVED 3 DAYS AGO AND WOKE UP THIS MORNING SPITTING UP BLOOD. I’M NOT SURE IT’S SUPER SERIOUS BECAUSE IT’S NOT BRIGHT RED OR HOW OTHERS DESCRIBED. IT’S BROWNISH. BUT IT DOES COME OUT WHENEVER I SPIT. IT’S WEIRD N I’M NOT SURE IF IT’S DANGEROUS OR NORMAL

April 26, 2011 at 11:24 pm
(18) mom says:

My son just had his tonsils and adenoids out two days ago. He hasn’t bled but I thought I’d read about it to make sure I’m aware of things that may happen. BAD IDEA! After reading this, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to sleep for 6 months. crap!

April 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm
(19) Hannah says:

I am 21 and had my tonsils taken out in June 2009. I think my bleed was on the 10th day after the operation, it started with me coughing up a small amount of blood (was at home on my own and so phoned my mum at work who said she would contact the doctor) and then blood started pumping into my mouth. I got to the doctors and the bleeding had stopped as I was holding a tissue over my mouth and the blood had coagulated. The doctors phoned for an ambulance and I went to hospital where I began to bleed again. I had to have another operation and blood transfusion, (2 pints of blood and one pint of saline). I was in hospital for two days recovering but did not experience any more bleeding after this. I was scared for my life and the surgeon told my mum that I was lucky I was so healthy as an artery and some veins had burst. In my opinion I would only have the op if the tonsillitis is really bad (mine was unfortunately).

May 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm
(20) G says:

I read all the comments because my case is very similar to most of you. It seems bleeding occurs during sleep. 5.30am here, 8 days after the operation, 33 years old and I got up an hour ago spitting blood that was in my mouth (got up mainly to pee since I did not realise I was bleeding). I have to say that the first spit was scary with a lot of generally dark coloured blood. I washed my mouth with normal water.. I keep spitting a bit of blood but it does not look worrying. I hope to control it.
It seems it mostly happens during sleep and I do not know why. The doctor prescribed me also Clarityne to ease my breathing as he said but it did not help tonight. I had a tiring day to be honest. Let’s see.. I do not even want to think of the possibility to go back for another operation.

May 31, 2011 at 6:44 pm
(21) ent says:

Is the blood bright red? You need to call your doctor. He or she can help you manage the bleeding even if it is not severe enough to warrant a 2nd surgery.

June 2, 2011 at 9:35 am
(22) G says:

Not bright but hard to say. Anyway guys, it stopped and it was fine the next day. I called the doctor (he is more than 3.5 hours away and in another city) and he said it is normal and it happens often. He said it may be because the white membrane that develops after the operation fell or I did not eat well. He suggested me to visit anyway a local hospital to check it out. It was fine after that.
Keep hanging in there guys. Take pain killers to allow you to eat a lot (but with care) in order to get back healthy fast. Do not panic with the blood. There are good possibilities that it will stop.

June 4, 2011 at 10:45 am
(23) Jerry says:

I’m 53, but at age 13 I almost died from post-operative bleeding after a tonsillectomy. The ONLY reason I am still here is that a small-town doctor refused to give up on me. Several days after surgery, late at night, I coughed up a blood clot the size of a golf ball. My parents drove me 17 miles to the nearest ER where the doctor worked on me for the next 3 hrs while I vomited up what seemed like gallons of blood. I felt my body weakening, barely able to open my eyes, and my mind drifting away as I was taken back into surgery as a last resort. Funny thing though, when you go into shock- pain and anxiety seem to fade away. I don’t know what he did to save my life, but years later he told my mother that he didn’t think I would make it that night. True, this was the stone age in terms of medical technology, but this is still a very dangerous surgery. Ask your pediatrician what the action plan is in this situation BEFORE sending your child under the knife!!!

August 13, 2011 at 12:20 am
(24) Janisa says:

I’m 21 & I had my tonsels out May 11, 2011. It all went well & I went back to work as a RN on day 12. I had felt off all day & night. @ 430 in the morning I was emptying a foley we all the sudden there was blood gushing from my throat. I ran down the hall & started bleeding all over. My coworkers were freaked out & about ready to call 911 cause it was that bad. After 5 min they took me to the ER. By the time the ENT got there I had already lost 1200ml of blood. I was putting so much pressure on my neck my fingers were going numb but it was the only way I could stop some of the bleeding. The ER doc was freaking out cause I felt as if was going to pass out. My heart rate got to the 190s. When I went into surgery they knocked me out while I was still sitting up. After surgery I was told I lost @ least 3000ml of blood. I was very weak & very thankful to be alive. I stayed a full day in the hospital & when I got home I could barely move I was so weak. With in 8 hrs of being home I was back in the ER & my hemoglobin was 7.3 so I ended up getting blood & having to stay another night in the hospital.

August 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm
(25) Dan says:

Hi, I had my surgery on August 5th, today is the 13th. The last two mornings have been the worst for pain. Only right when I wake up the past two days I just taste a little blood. I can look back there and I can see one area that has a small amount of blood that looks like it was coming out but has stopped. I have used the ice chips and the afrin spray on the spot today. I am not bleeding constantly, or even a lot at all. Nothing compared to a lot of the comments above. I was just wondering if this spot that I see the blood coming out of will turn into one of these horrible bleeding moments. It obviously is worse in the mornings, so I was just thinking I will just stay up the next few nights so it does not dry out and bleed any more…..any suggestions? A lot of the comments state the person woke up from sleeping with the bleeding….is this little bit of bleeding something I should just wait out or do something about right now?

August 13, 2011 at 1:59 pm
(26) alex says:

Alex is 17 and had tonsil removed Aug3rd, only had small episode where he cough up old blood, Aug 12 @ 11:40pm experience bright bleeding approx 100ml, which he rinsed his mouth with h2o and the bleeding stop, call his MD about 20min after the episode to see should he go to the ER and was instructed ER was not necessary, but to take it easy next 48hrs, gargle with cold h20, eat very soft foods, and call back if bleeding repeats. After reading other patients stories, i am also very cautions and have been watching him frequently.He has not experience another episode of bleeding, and hopefully he will not. I hope the best to all of you.

August 16, 2011 at 8:04 am
(27) Rachel says:

I’m a 33year old female. had tonsil and adnoids out and my vocal cords lasered, on day 13 at 3am in the moring i was sleeping when i felt like i was swallowing my spit, i had a small sip of water and it didin’t taste right so i went and spat in the sink to find blood, I woke my brother up and went to the hospital on the way i was spitting up blood. when i walk into the er i began to throw up blood and a blood clot came out, my blood pressure dropped and they put a drip in each arm, after a while it slowly stopped specialist came in and put the camera down my nose to check my air ways incase i needed to have an operation, stayed over night for obsveration had a gargle mouth wash and had antibotics and fluids through the drip for 24 hrs, now its the day later i’m on strong antibotics and fingers crooss i don’t bleed agin otherwise i’ve got to go back for an operation……..i just thank God i’m alive and healthy

August 19, 2011 at 12:11 pm
(28) Alisa says:

21 year old female 9 days after tonsillectomy. I haven’t experienced any bleeding at all to my knowledge, and only now am I experiencing a bit of discomfort as I realize that the scabs are probably coming off. Last night when I swished water in my mouth at dinner, a bit of the white scab came in my mouth and I examined it.
There are so many horror stories that in order to prevent myself from bleeding, I disturbed my sleep cycle after the first night, and had a severe case of anxiety driven insomnia since Aug 15th in which I had 2 days of not sleeping at all, finally slept with the aid of tylenol pm, another 2 days of not sleeping at all (I tried my best but I was so anxious with shakes and couldn’t relax enough to get to sleep) where my body was shaking uncontrollably, mouth dry, heart pounding, literally in a psychosis. Not fun.
The thing is.. I don’t even have anything to fear YET.
It seems like there is so much of a problem with this surgery between bleeding, TRANSFUSIONS, and Psychosis now! Are doctors not preparing their patients properly for the aftercare? How many of you had eaten rough foods? Why did that young girl bleed on day 34? Did she have any signs or bleeding cases prior to that, or thin blood? There are so many stories that scare me to death, and I remind myself that I don’t know the whole story or prior medical conditions, but is everyone being absolutely just as careful as I am and the bleeding comes from nowhere, unexplained, randomly just gushing out of your mouth when you least expect it? How is one supposed to treat themselves properly so this DOESN’T happen, and how is one supposed to feel that they can live normally even 34 DAYS after surgery?

August 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm
(29) Roo says:

Iam 20 years old, I needed to do the tonsillectomy because i was getting sick everymonth during 11 months so basically i was sick all the year, when i had my tonsillectomy on august 10, the doctor told me that it went very good, after 8 days i had some bleeding which stopped right away, however the day after at night i had the same bleeding but it never stopped, i had to call my doctor and he was asking me ho much blood i was getting out, i did not know what to tell him, im very bad when measuring , i finally decided to go to the ER, where they took one hour to attend me, the doctor there told me to stay the whole night because at 8 am i was going to have a cauterization with my ENT, I spent the whole night swallowing blood, apparently i had a venal bleeding not arterial(arterial is much more severe), but i did throw up a clot of blood like a golf ball. AFTER MY second srugery i spent the night at the hospital again and the doctor told me to keep eating liquids, he wants to see me 5 days after my second surgery to see how the healing process has advanced, Im really nervous to bleed again, im just counting the days, to go to any restaurant and have big well done steak …does anybody know how much longer i have to wait to eat after the second surgery ? my doctor told me that it was going to be faster, but then i read all these posts and ……

September 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm
(30) jill says:

Dear lord….. I am 18 years old and had this procedure 6 days ago experienced some bleeding (bright red) today so I decided to look it up, read this and am now feeling panicky… I’ve been hydrating frequently and eating regularly and am icing it.. any other suggestions?.. I’m hoping this bleeding doesn’t happen but now I’m a worried mess

September 6, 2011 at 2:34 am
(31) ent says:

Jill,
If you haven’t already get in touch with your doc ASAP so he can put a lid on the bleeding before it gets worse.

September 6, 2011 at 6:46 pm
(32) lisa says:

JIll
Go to the ER!!…we just got back ..and my daughter 20 years old had to go in for emergency surgery to cauterize the left tonsil..you dont want to wait …alot of the blood drips into your stomach so you only may be seeing a smaller amount than that is actually there…she was on day 12 feeling so much better finally, and then all of sudden she bled on sat night for a bit and it stopped…she woke up sunday morning bleeding more..i immed took her to the ER where they took her in right away for the surgery ..we are back at day one ..only clear foods broth , or jello for 48 hours ,then 2 weeks of pureed foods she is so upset and i feeling depressed..i am so glad i got her to the ER ..red blood is not normal dry dark blood is…they had to pump her stomach, she had so much blood in her …better safe than sorry! you dont want to wind up having a transfusion….just go and let them tell YOU your ok!!!!! this has been a nightmare…had i have known all of this we may have not done it.

September 9, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(33) rob says:

i had my tonsils removed 10 days ago. i am 37 yrs old. i started bleeding the 7th day after the surgery. i thought i was doing well, but now i am worried. i started to bleed again last night. each time i bleed i have been able to make it stop.. do not know what to think.

September 10, 2011 at 6:08 am
(34) Kid says:

I had my surgery on August 2 and on the 6th day around noon my tonsils started bleeding fast and at first I thought it was just siliva going down my throat but I spat it out and it was blood coming out very fast. I ran and told my mother and she called n911 by the time the paramedics had got here there was blood everywhere and I had gargled enough ice water and put I e on my throat that it had stoped. The paramedics took me to the er anyways and I had an IV and nausea medicine for my stomach. The doctor at the ER did nothing for me and just sent me home. Right when we got home it started bleeding and I started to gargle ice water and Ice my neck and stopes. By the next morning it started bleeding again but the ice water was not helping at all. So we went to the same ER and I had a really bad stomach ache and and I went into the triage and started throughing up several blood clots then they took me into a room with an IV and a bed, then the ENT they called came in and he said that he would not bring me into the OR and cotterize it without it bleeding. After that it was three days before it bled. And I had to go to an ER that was half an hour away from my home. When we got there they put me to sleep and right before I got put under I felt blood going down my throat which was good so they knew where the wound was and they stitched it not cotterize it. After that I had a really bad fever for a week. So I had to go to a childrens hospital because regular ER’s don’t admit children and they found out that I had cought 2 hospital viruses, they were called C-DIF AND KROUPE. I stayed in the hospital for three days and. NowI am still healing and my stitches are not out and it has been almost four weeks and my throat still hurts and I have had some nose bleeds. But I have been praying and things are getting better. Good luck to you guys.

September 15, 2011 at 10:21 am
(35) Derrick says:

Hi , I am from Singapore and had tonsil surgery on 31/8.
After 11days, I started bleeding and went straight to hospital.
The doctor managed to stop the bleeding and admitted me for oobservation. That nite, I vomitted blood and next morning, I had loose stool which was black and doctor suspected undigested blood. Blood tests showed my hemoglobin dropped to 7.5 and my blood pressure drop as well. Based on blood test, I lost about 2000ml of blood. Transfusion was given and I was discharged with 8.4 Hb. Right now, I am feeling
Tired and slight dizzy. Doctor didn’t expect blood
in my stool and lost so much blood.

October 16, 2011 at 12:17 am
(36) sonnys mom says:

My son is three and he had a bleed about 7 days after his tonsilectomy…a good amount came from his mouth and nose but stopped after about 3 or four min.. what I didnt realize was that he was still bleeding and it was just going down his throat into his stomach until he vomited.. I took him reight to the pediatic office.. then he went right to ER..he needed to be put back under and have stiches put in his thoat.. he lost a good amount of blood and was on a hunger strike from the initial surgery..he was hospitalized for 5 days..(he has other health issuse too) my point is.. to let other parent know.. take your kid right to ER.. dont wait.. they call the sergeon.. its so much better to be safe then sorry I dont think any doctor can say how much blood is a safe loss over the phone..

October 29, 2011 at 9:17 pm
(37) raven says:

I had tonsil surgery 10/18/11. The first week was painful but I seemed to be healing fast. A week after my surgery one night I didn’t feel so good. Later that night I suddenly woke up from a sudden cough and blood just came spraying out my throat. I thought my life was over. I lost a good bit of blood before the ambulance came. When I reached the ER the nurses gave me liquids to make up for my lost blood. The docter that performed my surgery finally came and cauterized the spot that was bleeding. I’m fine now but I never want to experience that again.

November 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm
(38) Laura says:

I had my tonsils out and a week to the day later i had a bleed which stopped. I thought it was just the scabs coming off but i woke 3 times in the night with persistent bleeding. I vomitted blood which filled half my sink. I went straight to A&E where i vomitted 3 more times before they took me to theatre. i had stitches and they cauterized it. Its a really scary experience and i would tell anyone to go straight to hospital if they had a bleed just to be safe.

November 17, 2011 at 6:16 am
(39) annie says:

I had my surgery six days ago. Tonight while doing laundry, I felt a real thin liquid accumulating in my mouth. I went and spit it out in the sink and blood sprayed everywhere. I rushed to the ER. The doctor did not seem too concerned even though I had a whole wash cloth soaked in bright red blood. He sent me home. I am still spitting up blood… not as much as before, but I am worried about if I am actually losing more than I think. I didn’t realize that this was such a dangerous surgery.

November 20, 2011 at 12:04 am
(40) Leeanne says:

Had my tonsils and adeniods removed Friday 4th November 2011 – 3.00am Thursday 17th November woke to find myself severly bleeding from nose and then mouth. Had to use ambulance to get to ED where they pulled out two large blood clots. I then “crashed” and had to get resucitated and back into threatre to cover up the leaking veins and pull another blood clot out. I am 43 – the risk of having this op at this age is more severe but was not warned of haemarroging being a possiblity at all – just a bit of bleeding. A very luck lady to be a live today :)

December 6, 2011 at 12:02 am
(41) ray says:

I am 24 years old and had my tonsils removed the day before thanksgiving. About eleven days after they were removed, I was feeling great!! I started getting ready for bed when I felt something running down my throat, I went to the bathroom and spit out a little blood. Knowing that small bleeds can happen I tried ice water after a large amount of blood filled my mouth. It was coming out so rapidly I could hardly talk to call my friends to come get me and bring me to the ER. When I arrived at the ER it stopped bleeding, so they thought I was making it up since the so called Doctor said he couldn’t see any blood. After some time of talking with him and me telling him how uncomfortable I was about going home .They said I could stay a hour(without even a simple glass of water or IV). About a half hour later, the bleeding started again. They finally contacted my doctor and he instructed the ER there to have me carried by ambulance to another hospital. The ambulance ride was as such puking up blood, scabs and blood clots. Once to the hospital I was giving a few medications to help with the sickness I felt from swallowing all the blood that I did. I was checked to make sure I didnt need a blood transfusion, in the short time that I was in the ambulance to the surgery floor of the other hospital I had lost 500cc of blood not including what I swallowed. After being reassured that a blood transfusion was not needed. I went into surgery. Not only did they have to close the bleed, but pump my stomach of all the blood that i had swallowed. They told me two major times to be concerned about bleeding in the healing process 5-7 days in and 11-13 days in. So for anyone who has this surgery, this is what Id say if there is any blood thats comes up call your Doctor and go to the ER, even if it is just a minor bleed at least you know that you’ll be ok and you dont cause anymore problems for yourself.

December 17, 2011 at 1:48 am
(42) Rachael says:

I am a 21 year old Senior student who got their tonsils out on the 12th. It is just about day 6 and I haven’t had any bleeding yet, but I did catch the NASTIEST case of Thrush. :( Ehh..

I was doing fine on the recovery process until then, but I hope that once it cleans up – I will get better. Though I read that bleeding may occur from the Thrush as well.

After reading all these stories, I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED! I hope that it doesn’t happen to me, bless you all. Thanks for sharing.

December 23, 2011 at 12:39 am
(43) CJ says:

33 Year old male. Had my tonsils removed on dec. 13. Yesterday (day7) i’m standing in my back yard when all of the sudden I feel a pop in the back of my throat and blood starts gushing out. The blood is gushing so fast that I can’t spit it out or swallow it fast enough. I feel like I might drown on my own blood. I call 911 and it takes about 15 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. Once they get there the bleeding stops. The EMT’s act super uniterested and take me to the hospital. The doctor there is terrible. He hardly cares and just checks my blood pressure and draws blood. They turn me lose after a couple hours. Later that night I’m taking a shower and I cough real hard and the bleeding starts again but not as bad. It stops after about ten minutes. The next day (today) I go back to the ER because I start to bleed again after coughing. Differant ER diff doc. She’s excellent and puts some kind of nitrate on the area to cauterize it. She says the scab looks like its going to fall off soon and be prepared to come in again with bleeding. About a half hour ago I cough and the bleeding starts again. its not as bad and stops after ten minutes. I’m going to wait out the night until tomorrow and see what happens. This is turning into a terrible process.

December 27, 2011 at 11:02 am
(44) Amanda says:

I am 21 and also experienced bleeding on the 4th day after my tonsils were out.
It was in the afternoon and tasted a little bit of blood and within half an hour or so my mouth was filling up with blood from the Left tonsil side. As soon as I spit blood in the sink, my mother said “I’m taking you to the emergency room.” I spit blood out in a medium sized plastic bowl the whole way. Once I was there they hooked me up to an IV and did blood tests and transferred me over to another hospital where I would probably go into surgery again and get cauterized by an ENT. Since the doctor knew I was coming in – I was moved through all the steps fast. I was given pain meds and anti-nausea med again The bleeding had slowed/maybe clotted but my doctor’s idea is that the clot may not hold very long and he wanted to put me under and cauterize any other area that didn’t seem to be ‘holding’ which there was more areas (I found out after) that seemed closer to bleeding.

December 27, 2011 at 11:04 am
(45) Amanda says:

@Alisa – Sadly, This can occur with you doing absolutely everything ‘right.’ I stayed hydrated (vey well hydrated I might add), I was still only on a liquid diet, I stayed completely away from dairy, I rested well, did not strain myself, bend over for any reason, I rested my voice and did not talk, and I drank healthy protein drinks filled with vitamins, minerrals, and amino acids-with sweeteners other than sugar/artificial sweeteners. I felt that I did pretty well. My doctor said I did nothing wrong and basically to keep doing what I had been doing. There’s no way to predict that omeones definitely not going to bleed or going to bleed.

There are idiots that are smoking and drinking 2-3 days after their surgery, being physically active, and pushing their bodies on what they can’t eat yet and some of them will get away with it without bleeding although they increase their risks of bleeding. I decreased my risks of bleeding but it still happened.
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December 27, 2011 at 11:05 am
(46) Amanda says:

Sorry to all of you that also had to experience this. My advice is to check into your ENT before choosing one to do your surgery. Be educated and do NOT wait around while you are bleeding. Head to the emergency room! Also: Be prepared at all times to leave for the emergency room: Have your Id’s and insurance cards that are necessary for you/your child, Keep a record of what you have been doing, your medicines and dosages and be ready to take it with you, have something prepared if you start spitting out blood so doctors know amount. Make sure you have someone around to drive you that is ready to leave fast.
I wish you all well. Feel free to e-mail me if you are just needing someone thatís understanding about this or to get more prepared before your surgery with how you should care for yourself (Theres not any info barely given beforehand in my opinion) I’ve been there/still am here on my sixth day now from tonsillectomy (..and sinus surgery atually too)
Remember!! Even if your bleeding starts slowing down: It could still be slowly oozing out without your knowledge.

December 30, 2011 at 5:19 am
(47) Daw says:

I had my tonsillectomy on 20th December. On day 6, i experienced slight bleeding when i slept, i woke up, and drank some water. Then it was alright. Day 10, i was showering and gargling my mouth and then Blood gushed out on the right side. I told my mom and she told me to drink ice water. It was alright after a while. Day 11, today, it started bleeding on the right again. My parents are clueless (my dad was like “soandso said it should dry after a few days” and ignored me. He was the only adult home then. My mom came home and she wasn’t even worried and kept asking me to eat dinner.). What shall I do?

January 13, 2012 at 8:33 am
(48) Angela Ritchie says:

My son aged 6 had his tonsils removed on 12th December –
started bleeing on teh 24th of December – took him to the emergency rooms – were told by the doctor that it was a blood clot falling off – no need to worry go home –
Christmas night 25th of december put him to bed – he called me 15min later to say he was not feeling well – he vomited blood all over the bathroom – rushed him back to emergency clinic – he had to have an emergency operation to stop the bleeding – was in ICU for 3 nights – had to have a blood transfusion as he had lost so much blood – if the first doctor had just spent a bit more time looking at him on the 24th of December and followed basic emergency treatment and kept him in over night for observation – he would have not had to go through all of this.
I SUGGEST – ANY POST OP BLEEDING – GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOMS – DO NOT WAITE IT OUT AT HOME – AND INSIST ON A ENT – CHECKING YOU NOT THE STAND IN GP ON DUTY
I nearly lost my son – take post op bleeding serioulsy!!!!!!!

January 14, 2012 at 6:17 am
(49) Gwyneth says:

I had my tonsils removed when i was 10. The operation went ok with no abnormailties but the doctors told me to eat things such as toast and dry crunchy things, rather than the soft, cold things i was hoping for. My throat bled a bit during that day but nothing out of the ordinary they said. As the day went on I was frequently coughing up blood clots and the doctors said if it carried on then i would have to have another operation, but they said that eating hard foods would help, and this was happening because i didnt want to eat immediately after my operation. In the night I woke up choking on my own blood with a giant puddle of it on my pillow, i had to have an emergency operation to restitch my throat up and was put on a drip for 24 hours. It took me several months to recover (about 6) and I lost a lot of weight. Maybe its because i am a redhead and we’re more susceptible to bleeding.. Bananas were very painful to eat for about a year or so after the operation(s)!

January 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm
(50) Stephanie says:

omG I’m having a tonsillectomy tomorrow and i am scared out of my pajamas after ready these stories. i am scheduled to work on day 5through 8 after my op but i am NOT going to go in. my life is more important. Dear God please be with me through this.

January 21, 2012 at 9:21 am
(51) Jesse says:

its been 9 days since i had my Tonsillectomy, i usually spit up small amounts of blood with my spit everyday but not tonight its about 5am and i walked into the bathroom, while i was going to the bathroom i felt dizzy and turned to the sink and spit up a lot of blood that covered my whole sink, and then some big clots, about the size of ping pong balls. then the blood just stopped right after that. I am not sure what to do? Help please?

January 27, 2012 at 10:41 pm
(52) Cheyenne says:

I had my tonsills taken out 4 days ago and i started coughing and gagging earlier then i just now coughed up some blood… Im drinking ice water and havent spit up any more blood. Im not swallowing anything im just spitting it out to make sure theres no more blood. Im scared it could turn severe

January 29, 2012 at 9:43 am
(53) Laura says:

I had my tonsils/adenoids removed on Tuesday, 1/24/11. My throat was abnormally sore and I haven’t been able to properly hydrate, eat well. on Friday, I needed to visit the ER at a different hospital (closer) for fluids and a steroid shot. The attending physician’s assistant says my throat looks NASTY. Whether it’s thrush or whatever, I do not know….it looks awful. I am using Magic Swizzle, Tylenol/Codeine (now every 6 hours, sometimes in the worst of it I was barely making it 3.5!). and I still cringe to swallow. They called me in a Rx of liquid steroids. I’m on day 2 of those (today is Sunday). Last night, I did make myself some soft pizza because I am literally STARVING. I seem to be able to get some of the tastier foods down better than foods like mashed potatoes (stick in all places) and I am able to drink better. Well, when I swizzled last night, I noticed a small almost unnoticeable stain of bright red blood. Just this morning when I brushed my teeth, I spit up probably something smaller than the size of a penny, more blood. Anything I’m spitting up, is either brownish blood. I haven’t noticed any major bleeding, but am unsure whether to go to the ER or not. I do have 2 young children and have been having to correct them. This is by far the most difficult surgery i’ve ever gone through. Do i go to the ER or just wait it out!?

January 29, 2012 at 11:30 am
(54) Nina says:

Omg,after reading all that, I am really scared. Today is day 7 after operation. Yesterday night I felt something warm in my mouth. so I went to spit it out and I was spitting blood for like 15 minutes, then it gradually stopped. Then I went to relax a little bit and it started again, I was spitting blood for another 15 minutes. But it was dark blood, I was thinking my scabs are falling off, since it is already day 7. Everything hurts like hell. I tried to sleep but then again i spit clot of blood but didnt bleed at all. I didnt go to ER, my parents said that i was just coughing scabs and it is healing. Today is the morning after, I didnt puke so far, no blood coming off. But after reading all those posts, I am really scary. Maybe I should have went to ER. This is most horrible experience of my life. I wish it would end already.

February 5, 2012 at 8:44 pm
(55) Vanessa says:

My 10 yr old son had a tonsilectomy/adenoidectomy on 1/20/12 and everything seemed very routine until day 7. My son started bleeding from his mouth which we rinsed out with cold water until it stopped. We called the after hours line and talked w/ a doctor who said if it is not actively bleeding he should be fine but if starts again he would need to be seen. Since it stopped we did not go in to get him checked. Our son seemed very tired and have poor color but seemed to be improving once again. Two weeks out on 2/3/12 he got off the school bus with some bleeding so we called the doctor on call. We explained we got it to stop but that he was having difficulty breathing saying that he felt like something was lodged . we told the Dr we wanted to meet him at the hospital. In my 20 minute drive to the hospital my son said he felt sick and 5 min away from the hospital he vomitted enough blood to fill a double gulp cup a third of the way full. In the ER they ran IVs into both arms and his blood pressure was 76/38. He had to have surgery and a blood transfusion requiring 660 ml of blood. IF YOU HAVE ANY BLEEDING INSIST ON BEING SEEN!

February 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm
(56) Kathy says:

My 10 yr old daughter had her tonsils/adynoids out last July. Day 8 the bleeding started at night. Thank God the Dr called me right back and told me what to do. The bleeding stopped but started again 1-1/2 hours later and then again 1 hour later. At the 3rd bleed, so much blood entered her stomach she vomited enough blood to fill our bathroom sink. She was white as a ghost and passed out into bed. We were lucky that she did not bleed again after that. I had no idea that this was such a risky procedure. If I read this blog before her surgery, I might not have followed through with it. I read a few comments about 2 kids that actually passed away from this. Horrible to live with that.

March 13, 2012 at 11:59 am
(57) Jeanine says:

I happened upon this site at 4am, while awaiting the second bought of post-op bleeding to subside. I am hoping to add a bit of perspective to this board…hopefully off the one who bled minimally, but never required recoterization. I am 32 and had my tonsillectomy five days ago now. The day of my surgery was a very emotional one and I ended up raising my voice, which caused minor tears in my beautiful, shiny new coterization. The tears slowly pooled with blood, but nothing major such that when I reported them to the nurse the next morning she said not ton worry about those, but to watch for blood that runs down the back of my throat, to which SHE SHOULD HAVE ADDED, for >20 minutes in duration because when I awoke to a mouthful of bright red blood two mornings post-op, I ran to the ER. All that did was make me $250 lighter. The bleeding stopped and I was sent back home. Then, last night at 3am, I woke up to that warm sensation and rusty taste of bloodnrunningndown my throat. This time it took about 15-min to slow and one more quick start-stop sequence, but it stopped for good and I was finally able to sleep. I’ll keep posting on future goings-on.

March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm
(58) Jeanine says:

I had called my doc on Tuesday to discuss my two blood-letting instances, spoke to his assistant who, he claims, failed to relay the message. So, while something less invasive may have sealed the wound, instead I ended up rushing to the ER at 2 am after the blood flow didn’t stop for 20 minutes, but seemed to grow stronger instead. I lost at least 500 mL of blood, and that’s the amount I KNOW because I spit it out. I know I swallowed a bunch to. The surgeon met me at the hospital an recauterized my left tonsil bed, then they kept me in recovery for some time. Ugh, I am really dreading this bill, despite having decent insurance.

April 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm
(59) Laura says:

I had my tonils out on the 28th of October 2011, who ever removed then was pretty careless as they cauterised the side of my tongue for no reason and now i cant move it as much as i once could. Also a week to the day later i had a bleed, it was only small and it stopped on its own. However i repeatedly woke through the night tasting blood in my mouth which eventually stopped, until the came a time when i was sick and i filled our bathroom sink with pure clotting blood. My mother rushed me to A&E where i was taken straight into surgery. I also found out after the op that i had an infection which must have caused the bleed.

April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am
(60) 1worriedmomma says:

daughter is not recovering as well as i expected had to change meds twice has thrush and has periods of extremem pain today makes a week, she still can on ly make urine 2 times maybe 3 a day small amounts due the the minimal fluid intake has yet to be able to do the mashpotatoes etc, all room temp liquids..all the while she has back pain neck pain of course and belly pain, our two yer old was diagnosised last night with a high fever of mono….our tonsiless girl has spiked high fevers over last week…how is mono going to effect her healing? and last night she woke up crying out in pain and her mouth was blood tinged didnt see any in bed pillow etc she cat open her mouth far enough to really see….

May 25, 2012 at 6:55 am
(61) Jason says:

42yo had my tonsils removed 7 days ago, been sore the last few days, today unbearable pain when I talked or swallowed, just had a ice pd drink and felt like vomitting, went to the bathroom and blood gushed from my mouth, couldn’t spit it out quick enough, filled the sink half full, thought at this rate I’m going to have a problem. But it stopped as fast as it started and I feel better now than I have since the operation. Will see how I go over the next few hours, if it bleeds the same I will go to ER.

May 30, 2012 at 10:10 am
(62) swati says:

i had my tonsills remove 5 days before.today there is very less pain. i can eat normal food but it hurts little when i eat spice feel like something is burning. but its ok i eat lots of ice cream after that.

July 7, 2012 at 3:29 am
(63) helen says:

definately go straight to Emergency at the hospital. 5 days after getting tonsils out my daughter had such a severe bleed that she required further surgery to cauterise and had to be transfused with 4 units of blood, never seen so much blood before and all coming from a tiny burst blood vessel! was so bad that the nurse had to insert his finger in her mouth to apply pressure to where the blood was coming from and the other nurse was using the suction thingy to get rid of it all!! hopefully thats the end of it!! REMEMBER, JUST GO STRAIGHT TO EMERGENCY!!

July 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm
(64) Thankful says:

On day 7 I had a bad bleed, lost 12-14 oz not including what I swallowed.. Besides getting to the Er the next two most important things are Praying and staying CALM. That will keep you from looseing more blood because it Wong be pumping so hard. I know it’s terrifying but staying calm is very important. Also be ready to go back to the ER 24/7 for awhile. Best of Luck.
I’m on ocycodone every 4 hrs. Er visit was disappointing and a totall mess. I was supposed to get Iv fluid blood drawn to see if I needed a blood transfer but none of that happened ie no one listened to eachother-
next day I went back to my doc and they used silver nitrate. Im 20 and my mom wakes up ever hr to check on me so I can get some rest. As scary as it is to sleep, sleeping helps heal the body. I’m on day 10.

October 20, 2012 at 10:45 pm
(65) susanne says:

I started reading the comments left & was horrified. I am now recovering on Day 4. My experience was similar to some. I am hoping that this nightmare is over. I know I am not out of the woods yet just reading some of the comments & I want to to say to all that unless you have experience this it is such a NIGHTMARE..you can’t relate to caughing up blood clots the size of fingers, choaking on your own blood, the pain, the weakness from not eating, the nausea & feeling like “Is it ever going to end!” I had to stop reading all of your experiences cause most are so frightening & I am still in the early stages of recovery. I wish all of you well & wish Nobody would ever have to go through such a NIGHTMARE Experience. I am now going through intensive lab blood testing..to see why this happened!
My advice…
*No alcohol the week before surgery or anything that may cause bleeding
aspirin, advil, ect.. follow Dr. instructions
*If you have any History in your family what so ever of Any bleeding disorder …Let it be known!
*Make sure you give your Dr all your medical History
Good Luck!!!

October 22, 2012 at 12:19 am
(66) Mark says:

I had 2 minor bleeds the first 5 days of my tonsillectomy, probably 2-3 table spoons of blood on avg. ( I was to lazy to go to the doc again so I just put ice in mouth and outside on neck; bleeding stopped after couple min.) (*Might not work for everyone*)

I decided I wanted to take better care of myself and reduce bleeding so I didnt need to go back for more coblation repair.

My key was liquids (water), 1 cup every hour awake, and 1/2-1 cup of water every 2-3 hours sleeping. (I would set alarm and wake up)

Other things that helped: Not Spitting, Not breathing through mouth to dry it out, and not talking.

The only other bleedings I had (just spitting amount) was from sleeping with a dried out mouth and when I would think I could handle warm foods and drink and would thin blood near vessels and educe more bleeding. So I stuck away from warm anything after that.

November 23, 2012 at 12:38 am
(67) Frank says:

My 12 yr old granddaughter had a tonsillectomy 7 days ago Today she had a serious bleed and brought her to the nearest hospital which was new and touted itself.Upon arrival the dr took a look he able to get the original surgeon who him to have the ptbtransported to al chosen in St Pete.the trinity hospital ER doctor was not capable of cauterizing the bled .
2 hrsvlater she under went surgery again to cauterize andvthe admired her for observation with anovernightbstay hope she recover but disaoited at the inadequacies Iof a new hospital hopefully she eil recover

November 29, 2012 at 1:12 pm
(68) Jo says:

My 11year old had his tonsils out yesterday and his surgeon said it was particularly difficult to remove them due to the amount of scar tissue making them so fibrous. Apparently he had to “dig a hole” in order to get them out and he was given iv antibiotics for the first 24 hours post op because of the state they were in. Home now but we’ve been warned to watch for bleeding because of the non-routine removal he had done and now I’m worried sick. Will pack a bag and get a bowl next to my sons bed just incase after reading these stories

December 3, 2012 at 4:29 am
(69) josh says:

I am 22 y.o. and I had my tonsils and adenoids removed on November 20th 2012…along with a repaired septum and turbinate reduction. Yesterday I decided to go out to a dance hall where I sat…but was trying to speak to friends over the music when my throat began to tickle and what seemed to be nasal drip in the back of my throat. I quickly realized that it was blood and by the time I had gotten to the bathroom at the dance hall I had a full mouth of bright red blood. I began to gargle with tap water and the bleeding continued. I realized it wasn’t going to stop without salt…so I ran to the bar where I asked a bartender to put some salt in a cup. I filled the cup with warm water and gargled. The bleeding stopped once i was about halfway through the cup.

So today (day 13) I was at home and laying down about to go to sleep when I had the same sensation. So I hopped out of bed and did the same salt and warm water trick…but this time it took about 10 minutes of me constantly gargling the salt water for the blood to stop. I had never seen so much blood…I gargled clear salt water and when I spit it out it was bright red blood.

Well I decided to Google my problem and found this site…slightly scared now. I checked the back of my throat to find that my right tonsils wall is blood red (the whole area) whereas the other side is looking normal. I am honestly not trying to go to the er tonight. The bleeding stopped so I will probably call my ent tomorrow.

I think it has something to do with the volume of your voice and the amount of water you drink. I went to a dance hall once again tonight and I was speaking over the music and also singing along. Both instances yesterday and today my throat bled.

I will report back when I know more…….

December 6, 2012 at 6:12 am
(70) Kerry says:

I’m 7 days post op now, woke up in the middle of the night swallowing blood. Went to the bathroom where it just seemed like it was pouring from my throat. Got my stuff together and my partner took me to A&E. They checked my blood pressure (that was a little low) and took bloods from me. They said heamaglobin was a little low but advised me to go home and get some rest, but if anything else happens they are going to admit me straight away. It’s now the morning and I haven’t had another bleed (I hope I don’t have another one either) and I’m just sipping on some water hoping the pain will go away a little bit. I’d advise anyone who has a bleed to go to A&E because like my ENT doctor said, its best to be safe than sorry. I’ll also add I haven’t managed to eat more than a few pieces of bread and butter since my op, in so much pain and if I knew it was going to be like this I would never of had it done.

December 12, 2012 at 12:02 am
(71) christen glaze says:

Well I had my tonsillectomy on the third of this month and was doing okay until the 6th, my throat hemorrhaged went to the local er the bleeding finally stopped, I got kept over night for observation. The next day when I got home the same thing happened so I had to get re cauterized, the next day the same exact thing happens so I had to get a second cauterization. come to find out I have a bleeding disorder called von willebrands. Good luck to all. Just wanted to share my bad storie

December 13, 2012 at 7:58 pm
(72) Lilies husband says:

My wife 25 yrs old had her tonsul operation done 16 days ago. Nov 29th
It was finally getting better with less pain for her.
She coughed today and had been feeling sick for some hours.
She said that a small amount of blood trickled down her throat once in a while and she kept swallowing it.

Finally I called the ER Ear Nose throat Doc and was advised to call back if the bleeding did not stop after 20 minutes. The doctor sounded a bit too easygoing as if I was just another overly worried patients spouse.
But he did give good advise. If it bleeds call me back.
It was nearly 23:00 and as the doctor said to spit out the blood instead of swallowing it, I realized that my wife was continuously bleeding and quite red. The volume was increasing.
I read your articles just know before this happened about blood clots and vomiting and all that.

December 13, 2012 at 7:59 pm
(73) Lilies husband part 2 says:

I decided to take this websites posted comments as good advice and just to be safe andI left for the hospital to bring my wife in to be checked
I want to thank you all who left comments here because: shortly after we left the bleeding increased and my wife who is Asian and quite small coughed up what was about the size of a good size snail blood cloth. The blood started flowing and sure enough the doctor in the Hospital immediately burned the bleeding areas on the left side shut. 3 times as the flow would not stop
before that he gave local anaesthesia with a needle and pulled out another big snail sized blood cloth.
With a taxi and just passed 24:00 we are now back home and I am running back and forth handing pear icecicles and cold water to her.

December 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm
(74) lilies husband part 3 says:

Now remember that this was day 16 for her after the operation and then the blood clots started beg coughed up and the bleeding started. It felt ever so small but that was totally deceptive. We suddenly had 2 big sized blood clots
here is some basic advice
1) no tomato soup or any warm foods or drinks
2) lots of pear icicles no cream or anything with lactose/milk
3) Lactose free protein nutrient drinks
4) There can be night sweats because of fever
5) Try NOT to sneeze or cough or gargle or laugh to much
6) You can easily get thrush/white tonguein
7) Keep the wounded area moist at all times so you minimize tearing of a dry crust. drink cold water.

December 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm
(75) Lilies husband the end says:

8) If drinking lots you will be going back and forth to the washroom a lot.
9) Small fevers are normal.
10) If you swallow the blood you will vomit and things will get worse, even if you think its a little trickle. A long time trickle of blood will become a big amount and create stomach aches at the least.
11) If you bleed any amount at all, GO TO THE HOSPITAL and get it checked out, it will save you lots of grief and pain later.
12) Because of going tonight and having a timely second burning shut of bleeding areas my wife is so much luckier than those who waited. I thank all you guys for the helpful comments which saved my wife a lot of pain and hospital time and no needed transfusion.
13) I watched as the doc burned the bleeding areas shut and could smell the burned flesh of my wife. I am convinced that you can easily die from the after effects of this operation if you do not have someone to take care of you no matter if you are a grown man or woman for at least 3 weeks.
14) Please give your spouse a break for going through HELL of a pain and for you supporting spouse get ready for a month of sleepless nights.
15) Have access to painkillers for at-least 2 weeks.
16) Once again….no matter how little you bleed go to get it checked out and spit the blood out and never swallow it.

Good luck and wishing you a happy and fast recovery. This is not a minor operation.
17) Make sure you check the reputation of the Hospital and the operating doctor in advance. It can make all the difference.
And yes, after seeing my wife suffer and cry at nights, totally weak and miserable hardly able to move , am sure people die from this but not those with loved ones who are there to watch over them. Good luck

December 23, 2012 at 7:06 pm
(76) Ana says:

I am 36 years old female I had my tonsils lasered under GA. I was having problems with tonsil stones, bad smell as the crips from them where very deep and big so food got trapped. I had a terrible few says after that even thought the ENT said it was a simple procedure and needed only 2 day recovery
5 days after I was at my mums house and suddenly felt my mouth was filling with liquid, ran to the toilet and blood starting to flow like a river, I was very scared, my mum was so worried, I could not even talk as the blood kept filling my mouth, she called the ambulance. After few minutes they arrived and bleeding stopped. My blood pressure was very low! I was dizzy, pale and cold. They took me to hospital. There after a day I starting bleeding again as they called it it was a torrential bleeding I filled 3 -4 kidney dishes. Took me straight to teathre trying to cauterise and suture the artery. When in recovery I woke up and the bleeding started again, took me again to teathre and finally to shop the bleeding they had to cut my throat and ligate the carotid artery. It was the only way to stop the bleeding otherwise I would’ve died. I had 4 units of blood transfusion. I am still feel weak.
This is my horrible and scary story. Now 2 weeks after my operation that saved my life I am still at home recovering and with a terrible healing scar in my neck.

December 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm
(77) Jan says:

Hang in there. I bled out last night and it required a second surgery. I feel the pain but nothing like the first surgery. The meds still burn and water still burns. Maybe it’s not too bad because anesthesia hasn’t worn out yet. Sorry they had to slice your throat. Take care of yourself. Watch what you eat. Stick to liquids and soft food room temp or cool.

January 3, 2013 at 1:11 am
(78) ivan says:

I had a uppp a week ago and tonight while I was in the bathroom I felt warm stuff in my mouth. When I spit my mouth was full of blood. Call the emt they said I should go to the hospital but when the doctor called he said do the ice water gargle and it should stop. That has worked for now, will be back at doctors in the morning. I will let you know what happens.

January 6, 2013 at 5:26 pm
(79) Lisa says:

My little girl was 4 when she got her tonsils out, day 4 she started bleeding so went to hospital, they kept her in 2 nites then let her home, I knew something wasn’t right I could hear a rattling noises in her throat they told me she was chesty and I was thinking to much into it. That nite I was in bed and let her sleep with me, I woke up to her coughing and turn on the light I was horrified to see bright red blood every where and it was like projectile vomiting . I Called an ambulance , it has settled a bit by then but when we reached hospital she had a massive haemarige and her heart rate dropped she needed a total blood transfusion , she lost that much blood they could not find a vein to put transfusion through, they manage to find one in her foot, we were told to call our hole family in because they thought she wouldn’t make it. She pulled through after op and sent a few days in Icu, it was the scariest thing I family ever had to go through, PLEASE if u ever bleed after op go straight to a&e take no chances!!!

January 30, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(80) Amanda says:

I had my tonsils out January 4th, on January 25th, 3 weeks to the day I started bleeding. I went straight to the ER where my ENT met me & had to cauterize my throat while I was awake. Back to soft foods for a while…I am 30 years old, very active so this is depressing. I have excruciating pain in my ear & throat when I swallow and I don’t want to get back on the Roxicet, so I’m just taking Tylenol every 4 hours. I hope this is all over very soon.

February 17, 2013 at 7:32 am
(81) Hellen says:

Hi Amanda

I hope you are recovering well since the last post.
To yourself and other poor souls who have experienced haemorraging I implore you to have your blood investigated, the clotting factor or the platelet agriegation.

I almost died form haemorraging for this procedure and another two procedures. My son ended on life support for T&A removal.

Good Luck.

February 18, 2013 at 9:01 am
(82) christina says:

14 days after the surgery and my son has blood streaked saliva along with pale yellow saliva. 1 week ago the same thing. His specialist said he was okay. So…I guess I am hoping to hear from someone that has had a similar situation. Thanks.

February 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm
(83) Annie says:

My surgery was feb 4 and my recovery was unbearable, my ENT (dr. ogrady) in Regina gave me antibiotics the next day as I coughed up big green gobs of phlem the first night. I did my research and was scared of bleeding complications so I hardly slept that first week. On day 10 I begged my ENT for more Effective painkillers but he refused insisting that Tylenol three would be enough to handle the pain and excessive pain Must be a result of not drinking the water that I’m supposed to be drinking I insisted that I was drinking more than enough water but when he asked me about my food intake I admitted that it hadn’t been a lot because of pain. The pain eventually tapered off around day 11 and on day 13 I was ready to leave my friends house. Cont…

February 18, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(84) Annie says:

That night as I was chatting in my driveway With my friend I felt a tickle in my throat coughed and began spitting up quite a bit of blood I panicked a little and my friend drove me to tisdale hospital on the way we stopped and I grabbed a cup of snow to help slow down the bleeding by the time I got there the bleeding had stopped While they were taking blood and monitoring me I coughed again and started to bleed The doctor decided to keep me overnight for observation and before fell asleep finally I bled three more times but was able to stop it with Popsicles and ice chips. The next morning the doctor came in and checked my throat, it hadn’t bled for several hours and it appeared a solid clot or scab had started to form so she sent me home. That afternoon went to Saskatoon and stayed in a hotel with some friends who were going to a show but I stayed behind to relax at the hotel. Like an idiot went to relax in the hot tub and started bleeding again and bled two more times and by the time the show was done my friend took me to the RUH ER. They put me in a bed pretty quickly as I said I was really tired and not feeling very good and known that I’d swallowed blood being that I was in public when It started

February 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm
(85) Annie says:

after sometime the doctor finally came in and said my vitals and bloodwork looks fine and that I shouldn’t return unless I couldn’t stop the bleeding in the future. I was frustrated but went back to the hotel and bled the next morning two more times. On the drive home from Saskatoon I bled a bunch of times and it seemed to never stop but slow down for periods of time with Popsicles. Once home I bled three more times and choked on a really big clot after falling asleep for only 20 minutes. I have bled 5 to 7 times a day an amount of about 1 to 2 ounces per bleed (yes very bright red) Ive had black diareah since thursday but no throwing up, being Monday and holiday don’t really know what to do It seems that because I can stop the bleeding each time it’s not a big deal but to me a fairly significant amount is coming out each time and wondering when I will start feeling symptoms of blood loss? I will be calling my ENT tomorrow, as for today I had 3 bleeds in the morning and have been good for the better part of the day it seems evening and morning are the worst times when I get the most bleeding. I still have sharp pain when I drink water and am uncomfortable but able to manage pain with Tylenol. If I were to start gushing blood it would take me over 45 minutes to get the nearest hospital at which being small-town Saskatchewan I doubt have the things they need to cauterize or to transfuse blood for me. I continue to drink my water religiously and eat small amounts of soft food when I can but I’m still really scared that something might go really wrong and then there’s nothing that I could do… Are regular bleeds like this normal? I thought by day 14 I’d be good as new? WHAT A NIGHTMARE THIS HAS BEEN! If I had known it would be this bad I never would have gotten it done and lived with the tonsil stones forever!

February 23, 2013 at 3:11 am
(86) K says:

iT is wise to notify e nurse on call, the hospital or your surgeon when any bleeding occurs after tonsillectomy not to frighten anyone but I am currently sitting in the hospital with my 4 year old son who had a tonsillectomy adenoidectomy and grommets 1 week ago exactly, little bit of blood around his mouth through the night then he coughed 2 tablespoons up called the nurse on call who called an ambulance luckily!!! 3 hours later while at the hospital my son started haemorhagging it was awful he was sent for surgery immediately to stop the bleeding and is now awaiting a blood test to check haemoglobin for possible blood transfusion all I can say is lucky the nurse on call advised me to get an ambulance and straight to hospital I honestly don’t know what would have happened if that happened at home he lost so much blood so quickly don’t let even a little bleeding slip by get seen too straight away!

February 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm
(87) adele says:

I had my tonsils removed over 10 years ago now , at that time i was almost 30yrs old. The nightmare of what happend 2weeks after the op still haunts me and my family and probably will do forever . Apparently i had developed an infection which developed an absess on an artery , whilst asleep in bed this absess burst and i began to shoke with amount of blood that was pouring out , i had also swallowed large amounts of blood and was projectile sick continousley , iam so lucky to be alive today after this ordeal i had to have skin grafts to repair the hole in the artery and was in hospital for 9 days in intensive care , i had no previous warning signs that this was going to happen . But anyone having a tonsilectomy i warn you to go straight to the hospital if you suspect that there is anything is wrong do not wait to see your gp by that time it may be too late , you know your own body ,listen to your instincts and act on them.

April 7, 2013 at 3:19 pm
(88) Nikki says:

I’m now 36. I had my tonsils removed when I was 15 with an outpatient surgery. After 3 days I went back in for a checkup. At this time I was in a lot of pain still. Even though I was still in a huge amount of pain (I could barely talk) and was extremely swollen he gave me the OK and instructed my mother to try and make eat solid food. She listened to the Dr and encouraged me to eat something solid. I could not do it that day because of the pain. The next day , still in pain but starving so I tried to eat. After I managed to swallow the first bite blood started pouring from nose and my mouth. My mom put me in the car and rushed me to the hospital. During the ride the blood started to clot in my nose and my throat began to swell and I could not breathe. The amount of blood i was swallowing was causing me to vomit and with my throat swelling it was not coming out like it should . I was choking and literally drowning in my own blood. When we arrived at the hospital the took me right in , began suctioning what they could but they could not control the bleeding or relieve the swelling. They tubed me and took me back for emergency surgery. I didn’t leave the hospital again for almost 45 days. They would operate or cauterize and it would hemmorage again 2 or 3 days later. Finally after numerous attempts by numerous Dr’s they called in a specialists from another hospital. This man was like 80 yrs old and I was kind of scared of him. Do you know what this man did? Tea bags. Tea bags on my tonsils every 4 hours for 20 minutes for the first day and then every 8 hours for 20 minutes for the next 3 days. It was very strange and uncomfortable but it worked. My mouth was held open with these forceps, the teabags were placed , and a nurse stood by to suction the saliva. It relieved the swelling and bleeding then finally began to heal. I was released from the hospital a week later with no further complications.

May 6, 2013 at 12:28 pm
(89) Maria says:

Wow, sounds like some doctors really don’t take bleeding seriously. My 4 year old daughter will be having a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy at Cincinnati Children’s in a few weeks, and at our ENT appointment they told us that if we see ANY fresh bleeding after the surgery, don’t even call first, just come straight to the hospital.

May 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
(90) Niss says:

Wow i am so scared now after reading these stories, i am 23 n 5 days ago got my tonsils out on the 10th may it is now the 15th.. I have related to alot of these stories with the bleeding.. I didnt know drinking lactose milk caused bleeding n i swallowed a panadeine with some n not long after i was bleeding quite heavily but i just spat it out & ignored it.. Later again that night i felt trickelling down my throat again n spat out more blood im really scared n havent seeked medical advice yet or been to an ER. Im hoping that it will slow down & it will stop. Which it has i know i wont be sleeping tonight. And the healing is unbearable pain if i would of known it was like this i would not have done the op as to i only done it for breath problems :(

June 3, 2013 at 7:39 pm
(91) Karine says:

Hi, here’s my story:
9 days after my tonsillectomy, I started to bleed during the night.. it woke me up. I was at my parents’ place that night (I’m 29, female) so my mom called 911. The ambulance arrived about 5 minutes later and the bleeding stopped. However, I could feel something in the back of my throat.. When I was waiting to see a doctor, I started to bleed more so they put me in a room with a nurse checking on me. I was next to see the doctor but it took 2 more hours!! During that time, I vomit good amounts of blood and I coughed 2 clots about the size of a ping-pong ball.. My parents were very scared and it was terrifying for me too. finally, they called a specialist to come and to cauterize the bleeding area. Now I’m on day 13 and I’m still scared to eat solid and to go to bed…. I went to the surgery room twice and it’s more than enough for me ! My doctor advised me on the risk of hemorrage but I didn’t know it was that frequent…

I would recommend this surgery only if it’s necessary and if you know all the risks that it involves. The pain is manageable with the medication, I find.

Good luck!

June 19, 2013 at 5:49 am
(92) juan says:

Today (6/19) marks the beginning of my fifth day of recovery after my adenoid/tonsillectomy (6/14) (male, 18) my recovery has ben going smoothly until 5:30 this morning when I woke up to spit out what gathered In my mouth over night when I spat into a basin that I was given after surgery I noticed there was a good amount of blood. After seeing this I ran to the fridge and grabbed a bottle of cold water to gargle the proceeded to the bathroom where I gargled and spat out the rest of the blood sort of all i. A clot..I still have small spotting that is going away should I be worried? The pain has died down significantly with each passing day but I still have troulbe talking i also have earaches and I cant open my mouth fully without pain…water is all ive been drinking and I stuck to bland soft diet as to not irritate the surgical area

June 25, 2013 at 10:53 am
(93) crystal lynn says:

My daughter is 6 years old and had her tonsils out 10 days ago. Surgery was Friday morning, that Monday afternoon we were at a restaurant, not eating anything yet and she started bleeding severely from the mouth and nose, covered the entire bathroom floor.we calld an ambulance and while were waitng outsie for it she was throwing up clots after clots of bright red blood…never seen so much blood in my life, my six year old asked me if she was going to die, meanwhile the ambulance is taking forever…get to the ER and they admitter her overnight told us we could go home “if we want”…so we left, two days later it happened again at 2 in the morning, this time she passed out, calld ambulance ,they didn’t admit her this time but we stayed`for a while…each time the bleeding stopped on its own but it was ALOT of blood,,,,something from out of a horror movie…I never wish this on any parent or child…it was the worst thing to ever go through, and my six yaer old is traumatized for life, and so am I….I would suggest to only get tonsils removed unless absolutely necessary….this was very scary

June 25, 2013 at 10:57 am
(94) crystal says:

my 6 year old daughter bleed severely twice after surgery…ambulance both times, admitted once overnight…she and I are traumatized and I wouldn’t get tonsils out unless it is absolutely necessary

June 30, 2013 at 2:50 am
(95) Jess says:

It was last year 28 th June 2012 and I had my tonsils out. 6 days later 4am I woak up with a mouth full of blood. I was so scared I woak my Mum up and my body went into panic mode. I was rushed to Queens hospital in Essex and within 6 minutes of being there I started to be sick bringing up over a pint of blood. They rushed me into the trauma team and I was given pain killers and put on a ward I was then watched over 2 days and was sick with extreme amounts of blood. I was later operated on to stop the bleeding and had stickes in the back of my throat. I stayed in hospital for 2 nights and was sent home with antibiotics. I made a speedy recovery after this ! If anyone experiences bleeding call and speak to your doctors or the NHS line and use ice water just to be sure your ok.

July 28, 2013 at 6:31 am
(96) Koby says:

day 10 i woke up in the middle of the night because i kept having this dripping feeling in my throat. when i was sleeping i could feel myself trying to swallow it and hope it would go away but it did not so i woke up and went in my bath room and spit out blood. it wasn’t a lot of blood but it scared me and i immediately went to the fridge and grab a cold bottle of water and started gargling and drinking ice cold water. went down stairs and got ice water and drank like 6 cups in less than like 5 mins hoping i wouldn’t throw up. its 2 hours later now and i haven’t had anymore bleeding since i started drinking the water. i haven’t had any post bleeding from surgery but this. hoping that it will heal. i think the thing that helped me the most was praying, I am a Christian and there was nothing more comforting to me than to feel God’s presence with me healing me throughout. i am 18 but it was 4am and i was all alone with no one up with me while this was happening but Him. He is the Physician of all Physicians and He has the power to heal and cure anything. Believe in Him and nothing is impossible.

August 15, 2013 at 5:41 pm
(97) liz says:

My 12 year old daughter had her tonsils out last Thursday and then last night around dinner time started coughing up large amounts of bright red blood. She was taken to a hospital over an hour away because our local ER couldn’t do anything. I was so scared!! She ended up having emergency surgery at the hospital where she had them out in the first place and they recauterized. she spent the night in the hospital and now is at home resting.

August 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm
(98) Chloe says:

i am a 19 year old female and i had a tonsillectomy on the 9th august 2013. I had the usual recovery pain but on day 5 noticed a weird taste in my mouth, went to look and my mouth was full of bright red blood. Washed it all out and no other blood so didn’t think much of it. On day 10 started feeling better and managed normal amounts of food. At 3am on day 11 woke up choking and went to the bathroom and blood was pouring from my mouth, my mum called the ambulance but had managed to get it under control using ice by the time they arrived (15 minutes later ). The EMTs obviously didnt believe us when we said that id lost about a mug full of blood so they just told us to call if it happened again. Found out later this is NOT the policy for post-tonsillectomy bleeds and that they should IMMEDIATELY go to hospital (my uncle trains ‘EMTs)

August 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm
(99) Chloe part 2 says:

after the EMTs left i went back to bed but didnt sleep. At 5am noticed a trickling sensation down my throat and more blood started pouring from my mouth, a little it less than last time. Got that under control then immediately drove up to a&e. Had a blood test and was just in a&e and at 7am recognised the trickling again. This was the worst yet. Vomiting blood and it was pouring from my mouth, i was wheeled into re-suss and given a blood clotting agent but it didnt stop for over an hour. I had lost 3+ pints of blood and went straight to theatre where 2 arteries were cauterized. Was kept under observation for 2 days an was released when my haemoglobin count hadnt changed from 8.4. I have been put on 2 types antibiotics and iron tablets. It has only been a day since i have been discharged and i am now severely anaemic but not feeling too bad.

September 18, 2013 at 3:46 pm
(100) Darran says:

Had my tonsils out, 8 days ago.

The wound on left bleeded while I was a sleep.

They had to stitch up the left side.

The next day, I was in lots of pain. More then the initial op.

Both sides have bled twice after the second op. And they always start to bleed during your sleep.

TIPS:

1. Don’t have them out unless you really have to.

- stop smoking
- Eat your greens
- Eat your fruit
- Take penicillin, or other antibiotics prescribed by your doctor.

” Its better to be I’ll for a few days, rather then been petrified throughout and after a tonsillectomy”

2. Don’t panic. Your blood pressure goes up and you bleed more. Like me.

3. Humidifier or something to keep the wound area lubricated. As the scabs are the biggest problem.

I’m now now on day 8, and I think I’m bleeding again.

I wish I really read up on this first.

Best of luck.

September 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm
(101) Jan says:

My 21 yr old son had tonsillectomy 10 days ago, on the fifth day he woke up 4:00 am bleeding profusely in his mouth he applied pressure on his throat but he still continued to bleed. We immediately went to the ER and he lost 4 units of blood and went right into surgery to have artery corterized. The following day his hemoglobin was low and had to have a blood transfusion and stayed in hospital two days. I would tell anyone if you are bleeding red blood it is better to go right to ER dr they will notify your dr. It is day number 5 and hope it doesn’t happen again.

September 23, 2013 at 10:43 am
(102) Trav says:

Hi, im 18 and got my tonsils removed on September the 13th 2013. I struggled at first with recovery and then slowly got used of it. On about day 8, I was feeling great, felt like I was heeling even my GP said I should be right in a few days. Day 9 come along and I was just in bed watching movies, when I felt something at the back of my throat. It was a massive blood clot and blood kept pouring out of my mouth which I couldn’t stop. I went straight to emergency and they said I lost approximately 3 litres of blood. I was in a pretty bad way and they had to call in a surgeon to perform an operation that night. They kept me in hospital for 2 nights for general observation. At the moment the blood has stopped and I hope its all good now :)

September 30, 2013 at 8:11 am
(103) Erick says:

Well I had my tonsills removed on Sept. 12th
That same day I come home and throw up, there was no blood or anything nothing but water. I read that it was the anesthisia. Well week one goes by no problems at all. Week two on a Monday morning I wake up with a weird taste in my mouth I go to the bathroom and spit, there was blood coming out. I didn’t panicked since my doctor said bleeding usually occurs as the scabs start to fall. I cured it with iced cold water. The next days everytime I burped I tasted blood but I spat and no signs of blood where shown. Thursday Morning I wake up with that weird taste in my mouth. This time when I spat on the sink it was a lot of blood. I called my mom and than literraly vomitted nothing but dark blood, ambulance came took to me the ER. I’m there waiting on the doctor from 8 am to 1 pm I was constantly throwing up blood. Well the ENT shows ups and looks at my throat she sees a clot stuck to my left sied. She removed it luckily I didn’t start to bleed, I didn’t need any further surgery or anything, I stayed the night in the hospital cause I lost soo much blood that day. Well I’m home now drinking a lot of ice water and popsicles. Keep hydrated, drink as much cold water you can to prevent something like this. The most time you keep your throat cold the faster you will heal. Water is the major thing that will help, cause it hydrates your body therefore you won’t have problems with your arteries or vains. I’m still in recovery I’m on week 3 starting today and I’m being extremely careful I don’t want to end up bleeding again its a scary thing !

Just take care of yourself good luck guys

October 3, 2013 at 11:06 am
(104) D Bassler says:

Listen to me as the father of a very studly, 6′ 7″ 17 year old kid. Exactly 9 days after his tonsillectomy, he started to bleed. He was able to stop it by slurping ice cold water into his mouth and spitting it out. But it was only a temporary fix and this band-aid solution caused us to lose a lot of precious time in getting him the the ER. He started bleeding again 4 hours later and it was unstoppable. We rushed him to the ER . Little did we know that MOST of the bleeding went right down his throat and into his stomach. So now he began vomiting blood. Well a liter and a half of blood loss later, they finally got him into surgery to cauterize them. Here’s the bottom line: if your child’s tonsils bleed on like day 8 or 9, get the car keys and get moving! It’s a giant pain in the ass, I know, but don’t stand around killing time hoping it will get better. Do have your child rinse his mouth out continuously with freezing cold ice water until you receive medical attention. DONT SWALLOW THE WATER! If they do, they’ll surely vomit it up. This bleeding only occurs in 3% of cases I’m told. Lucky us. He’s lying low now as the 20 day heal period basically starts all over.

December 11, 2013 at 4:11 am
(105) YSL says:

Had my tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy done on Dec 4th. Everything went smooth.

On day 2 I tasted some blood and some blood clot but nothing major.

Day 4, around 2am in the morning, Went bathroom and spit out a blood clot, some minor blood followed and coming out from my mouth. This time 15 mins after couldn’t get it stop. and I looked up online where EVERYONE says don’t wait, ER will save your life! so I went ER.

By the time got to ER, Bleeding stopped. ER doctor told me its normal, and since I told him I am so COLD, he gave me an antibiotics shot at the butt. Spent 2 hours in ER and went home.

December 11, 2013 at 4:12 am
(106) YSL says:

Day 5 morning appointment with my surgeon, he looked at it and says it should be normal. since my tonsil bed looks ok. So I was happy and went home again!

same Day 5 night 7pm, I took a nap around 5pm and all the sudden my stomach feel pain, went bathroom and while pushing down on the toilet, I felt something popped(yeah) and I spit a large size blood clot and followed by 5 times more blood… the Blood pouring out from my mouth(I suspected it was from the top part). didn’t even have to wait or try the ice water method because wife is so scared that my bathroom is covered with BLOOD =( ..

Went straight to ER got the same nurse and she was like .. Dude stop being paranoid…. Well, I got a 8mo daughter and I DO want to hold her hand walk her down the aisle when she got married …

But anyway, Bleeding stopped while when ER doctor arrive. So nothing he can do. 20 mins after I was sent home.

December 11, 2013 at 4:13 am
(107) YSL says:

Day 6. Went to my Surgeon again, He looked at me and told me my healing is pretty fast, therefore there are some scabs already falling off, So that might be the reason.

But he does offer me to recauterizing but then it’ll start over the recovery AGAIN …

Day 6 night 11:30pm, felt the need to spit out blood clot, for some reason my blood clot is always hidden between my uvula and upper throat. I can taste it and I can felt it lol. Spit it out and some minor blood followed by and some white scabs. Ice water gargle its for 2 mins and back to normal. By normal I mean still taste some blood in your own spit for another 20 mins.

my Questions are…

Should I re-cauterize?? does it help or mine is just because of the scabs coming off?

How do I prevent Hemorrhaging? after looking at others posts, seems like re-cauterize doesn’t mean it’ll stop???

I am so frustrated its Day 7 1am and I just afraid to go sleep!!

BTW I kinda suspect that when you sleep(put your heads on the bed/pillow) the pressure on your throat is very high. the blood seems pushing into the wound. And when in sleep. its very easy to be dehydrated because I use my mouth to breath ….

Take care guys.

Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Brother and sisters! keep up the good fight, recovery is tough but this will make us tougher!

Amen

December 11, 2013 at 4:15 am
(108) YSL says:

Thanks all, I am still doing research see if I needs to re-cauterized or not….

so much frustration!!

December 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm
(109) kristi says:

I had my tonsils out last Thursday, so it will be one week tomorrow. First of all, this has been the most miserable surgery/recovery/experience of my life. On Monday, I spit up a little blood which freaked me out. But tonight I felt something in my throat, which I thought was phlegm, so I just kept swallowing it down. After a couple times it didn’t feel right to me so I spit and there was a lot of bright red blood, I ended up spitting up about half a cup of blood and a couple small clots. This seriously freaked me out but when we called my doctor he wasn’t concerned, but said if it happened again and I couldnt stop it to go to the ER and call him. I really hope this doesn’t happen again, hoping the rest of my recovery is smooth.

Good luck everyone!

December 22, 2013 at 6:22 am
(110) Ray says:

I am forty years old, and suffer from frequent sore throats. Hebce,
I had my tonsillectomy done on 9 Dec, on being advised that it is a really simple procedure, and should not have any complications.

For the first week following the op, it was so painful, I had to take painkillers before I could eat, even though I stuck to a soft diet.

Then on Day 7, after a sleepless night (I have frequent insomnia too), I started spilling blood clots from my mouth. Lucky thing was, I was on my way to post-op. The doc applied some medication on my affected area, and the bleeding stopped. I then went home.

An hour later, the bleeding started again. I didn’t take too long before calling my doc, who then asked me to go down to his clinic immediately. He tried, unsuccessfully to stop the bleeding, before admitting me to ER. The thing was, the operating theatre was full, and the next available slot was 5 hours away! Worse still, 5 hours later, the op theatre was still full, and I had to wait another 2 hours!

I was put on anesthetic, and it was only 2 hours later that I was woken up by my doc. Later, he told me why it was so long. It was because when he was trying to stitch up my wound, the needle broke, and he could not find it. He panicked, and asked his colleague for help. Including the anaesthetist, there were 3 doctors attending to me. Finally, after a long while he managed to locate it. He then cauterized the affected area. Scariest experience ever….

January 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm
(111) Nicole says:

I had a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy performed when I was eight years of age. The actual surgical procedure went fairly well, and subsequent to the operation, albeit I did feel disoriented, I was recovering as the doctors had expected me to. Once I was at home, I was eating soft foods, everything recommended to be eaten after this procedure. Two days proceeding the operation, I started to feel increasingly ill, and I initially was coughing saliva containing little blood. As time progressed that day, I did feel excessive wetness at the back of my throat and did not acknowledge it until I noticed my mouth tasted strongly metallic. I went to the bathroom and continuously coughed blood, which was readily flowing from my throat. My parents drove me to the E.R., where the doctors took my blood pressure and performed emergency surgery for an artery at the back of my throat near the surgical area. I had experienced a bleed of the lingual artery; the area where my left tonsil was removed had a cauterized area that was not healing correctly, which caused a bleed. The artery was repaired and I received a blood transfusion for the blood I lost. I cannot stress more that people need to heed the complications of such a surgery. Yes, it is a quotidian procedure and emergency bleeding is identified as a rare occurrence, but it absolutely can happen, and people should attend to this while considering a tonsillectomy. If you notice any symptoms, do not take it lightly, as they can prove to be very threatening.

January 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm
(112) irvin says:

im forty four years old, experiencing the same, after nine days post op, woke up bleeding from my mouth, stops at 5 min less, ate some blood too, scary though. i have am appointment to my doctor today at 9am, i pray to God all these stops now and be back to my good health now.

February 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm
(113) edgardo says:

I had tonsils and adenoid surgery and im on day 8 and today at around 5:30am I was on pain, medication I felt fine when suddenly I started gushing out and vomiting blood I have never been more scared in my life the blood didnt stop gushing out till 15minutes after on our way to the hospital where the ER doctor checked and said everything was normal but it night happen again and to me that wasnt normal im scared this might happen again and I dont want to go through what you people went through i am really scared still. I just came back from the hospital a few hours ago.

March 30, 2014 at 3:50 pm
(114) Tonsil Mom says:

My daughter had tonsils out 5 weeks ago. She has had terrible nose bleeds this past week. Blood clots coming out of her nose. Is this linked to her surgery 5 weeks ago? Should we see a doc?

May 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm
(115) Nick says:

My daughter (5 years old) had her tonsils out a few weeks ago. She did really well and was having a good recovery. Suddenly after the 10th day she started bleeding from her throat while at school. She spit up a good amount of blood but I wasn’t too worried as I thought it was a scab that fell off. Later she spit up more blood and it was a more than what I expected. I made a appointment and took her to the doctor who did the operation. He said this was pretty rare in kids and they usually heal without complications. He said if she started to bleed again he wanted to re-cauterize the area. It wasn’t an hour later and she started bleeding a good amount again. I took her to out-patient surgery to have it cauterized again. I wasn’t aware at the time but she was having a hard time breathing when coming out of surgery. Suddenly a ambulance and fire truck pulled up to the building and we were rushed to the hospital. It was very scary because she was not able to get a full breath. She ended up losing a lot more blood then anyone knew. (She was swallowing it in addition to hacking it up). She ended up needing a blood transfusion and stayed overnight in the hospital. Later that night she threw up a ton of the old blood that she had been swallowing. She was fine the next morning. Right now I am keeping an eye on her tonsil and sticking to a soft diet. I guess you never know that these things can happen and it’s very important to monitor the recovery.

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