Tata Tonsils

Removal of adenoids and tonsils have become quite common and somewhat routine due to the association between large adenoids and tonsils and sleep apnea.  Tonsillectomies are also completed if an individual has chronic tonsillitis or throat infections. This procedure is best completed in childhood before children start school because the recovery timeline is much shorter and often easier than in adulthood. It is also more ideal to identify and treat sleep apnea before individuals start school because of the detriment it can have upon learning.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a disorder where an individual stops breathing repeatedly during sleep which prevents the brain from getting the adequate oxygen it needs. There are two types of sleep apnea; tonsillitis is associated with obstructive sleep apnea where the tonsils are obstructing the airway when an individual is lying down at rest. If untreated, sleep apnea can result in chronic diseases including hypertension, diabetes, and stroke, as well as, poor performance, impaired learning and worsening of ADHD.

What is a T&A?

The tonsils represent four groups of lymphatic tissue including 2 palatine tonsils, the lingual tonsils, and the pharyngeal tonsils. The two palatine tonsils are those that we commonly think of and are located at the back of the throat on the right and left. The pharyngeal tonsils are also known as the adenoids and sit at the back of the nose where the nose and throat meet.

Tonsils

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A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, or T&A, is the removal of the tonsils and adenoids. This procedure is completed under general anesthesia which requires a fast from solid foods and all liquids. An uncomplicated procedure takes 20-30 minutes and is performed by an otolaryngologist.

Recovery

Recovery from a T&A can vary but is often easier in the younger patient. Pain management is critical so the individual can maintain nutrition and hydration status. A soft food diet which consists of pureed foods for the first day or two, followed by all soft foods including pasta, oatmeal, ground meats, etc. is suggested. Meal and snacks ideas are provided below:

Meals:

  • Scrambled or boiled eggs with oatmeal and banana
  • Ground Turkey or Chicken with rice, pureed butternut squash and applesauce
  • Ground beef with mashed potatoes and peas
  • Cheesy mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower
  • Chicken noodle soup, pureed if necessary
  • Vegetable soup with kidney beans, pureed if necessary

Snacks:

  • Cottage cheese with applesauce
  • Yogurt and Greek Yogurt
  • Banana with peanut butter
  • Soggy cereal (soak dry cereal in milk for 5-10 minutes)
  • Canned fruit in water

It is also vital to keep the throat and membranes moist by staying hydrated. All in all, the healing process is individualized and momentary with better health at the other end.

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