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Old 04-23-2010, 08:19 PM
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Hi everyone. I was wondering if anyone's pre teen had to have their tonsils out? My almost 13 year old is going in next week for a tonsilectomy and I was wondering about experiences with healing and pain. I'm very nervous about the surgery and recovery. Thanks-
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:47 PM
Location: NJ
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Have a look at the post - How painful is a tonsillectomy?

I made a few posts about my daughters experience
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Old 04-25-2010, 05:05 PM
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I was 19 when I had my tonsils removed. When it was over it felt like I had a very sore throat. The day of surgery the hospital had me suck on ice chips all day, which felt soothing. It hurt to swallow or talk. Within a week I was doing fine except it would hurt if I tried to raise my voice.
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Old 04-25-2010, 06:02 PM
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Both of my children had theirs out when they were teens. One had no problem at all, one had pain - and they were treated by the same doctor. It's an individual experience.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:15 AM
Location: Bucks, UK
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rather depends on the state of the tonsils, i.e. how scarred up they are. people who have had a large number of severe bouts of tonsillitis in the past (which usually correlates with increasing age at time of surgery) tend to have more post-operative discomfort, because their tonsils tend to be rather more difficult to remove.

nothing that a 13 year old won't be able to sail through with a large dose of TLC, though.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:19 PM
Location: Western WA
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I was 10 when I had mine removed. It wasn't too bad, like a very bad case of strep for weeks!
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:16 PM
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I am 16 and have to get my tonsils out. My big problem is I don't like going to doctors or hospital and I dread needles.

My Mom said the doc prefers that I fall asleep in the room before they take me for surgery. That way I won't freak out going into an operating room.

My Mom tells me that a nurse will give me some medicine an hour before the surgery. She said it is going to make me real sleepy. Then she told me that it is a needle, like bummer.

Does anyone know what they give u?Is it like they put an IV in your arm?

I won't stay still for an IV as they need several people to hold me when I get
a blood test.

I know it is probably acting like a big baby but needles scare me and I remember some of them hurting as a kid.

Also if they want to put a needle in my upper arm I know natural reaction I will jerk my arm away. I did that with a tetanus shot and the needle could have bent. I don't know if it can break but the nurse said the needle could have bend.

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Old 03-03-2011, 02:07 AM
Location: Southern Arizona
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When they did my tonsilectomy they knocked me out too. Yes, you will need an IV put in, however once that's in you'll get all meds for the surgery put in the IV, so no more pokes They will most likely give you Proprofol into your IV and a pain killer. Pain killer for pain, Proprofol to put you to sleep and make you forget the entire procedure.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:01 AM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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When I graduated from high school and making plans to go to college, my father took me to the doctor and said "If you don't take her tonsils out now, I will yank them out with a pair of pliers" and he was serious. i stayed sick my whole growing up and of course it was blamed on my tonsils. But later we discovered it was due to my mother being a chaim smoker. This was in the 40-60's.

I sweetened the pot a bit by asking that my ears be pierced while I was under. They had been pierced with ice cubes and pilfered surgical needles by James Taylor's future sister-in-law back in high school. That turned out to be a disaster.

I grew 1.5 inches after they were removed but not sure if there is a correlation. I went from 5'8.5" to 5' 10" from 17 to 18 years old.
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Old 10-16-2014, 11:40 AM
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i am 19 and just got the news that i need my tonsils taken out. I've never had any type of surgery before or got knocked out. I heard the older you are the worse it is... is that true? how can i stay calm and not worry about this
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