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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

How Long Does it Really Take to Recover From a Tonsillectomy?

By May 30, 2012

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Over the years I've noticed that surgeons are pretty optimistic when it comes to answering questions about recovery times. Often, perhaps because they don't want to frighten their patients or because they've never had the surgery themselves, I hear doctors say, "You'll be back to work in a week." or "A few days and you'll be good to go." This is probably why I was so shocked when it took months for me to really recover from a very "simple" same day surgery.

Another reason doctors may be vague or overly optimistic is that, and sometimes patients don't realize this, every person is different and while it may take one person a month to recover,  another may be feeling better after only a week. Tonsillectomies are a very common same day surgery, some even view the procedure as a right of passage, I mean who hasn't had their tonsils out? Eat lots of ice cream and you'll do fine, right?

Actually, it can take up to a month before you're feeling better, especially if you are an adult. Don't let that deter you though, the younger you are the sooner you'll likely bounce back with some children feeling better after a few days. Many factors determine the length of your recovery. For specific information on recovery length for your age group and personal profile read:

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tonsillectomy

For more information on tonsillectomies in general you may be interested in some of the following articles:

What are the Best Foods to Eat After a Tonsillectomy?

Readers Respond: What was the Worst Part of Having Your Tonsils Out?

What are the Risks of a Tonsillectomy?

Is Bleeding After a Tonsillectomy an Emergency?

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