"Tonsillectomy Surgery"

About: Whiston Hospital

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I had my tonsils out at Whiston last week (05/08/13). I'm 29/male and found reading the reviews before surgery helped me prepare for the pain ahead. Firstly I want to place on record my gratitude to the surgical team and all the nurses and staff on Ward 4B for their excellent care. Thank you so much. Now I will share my experience ; On the day of my surgery I was given a room and bed and bathroom- no ward. Then you get ready and put the gown and socks on. When ready you walk to theatre and wait in the room to be put asleep. I was slightly apprehensive but the staff were super and before I knew it I was asleep at 12.05PM. The next thing I remember is coming around after surgery at 13.30PM feeling a bit dazed. My throat felt a bit weird. Then wheeled back to 4B at 1340PM and as time went on I woke more and had regular sips of water. At 5.30PM I ate most of the tea and all the pudding (NHS food much better these days). I was reviewed at 7pm and I was on my way home with a bag of medicine and a warning that the pain would come. At this time it was sore just a dull ache. The next morning the pain did get worse and I was soon taking my tablets but I had a decent sleep 10pm-6am. Then back asleep about 7ish. I got up around 11am and forced myself to eat, it wasn't easy but to recover quicker has to be done. I also found drinking water the best and maybe a slice of toast. There is pain but not unbearable. The next three days pretty much were the same as the paragraph above. The only difference is the taste when you are eating, it's not nice but eating helps. When you wake up you will be sore as your throat is dry from sleeping so take your tablets to bed and water and take them once you wake up. Make sure of the correct spacing between tablets! On the Friday I managed to get out and about to a children's play centre for a couple of hours. I was OK but got steadily tired so come home and relaxed. The bad taste and soreness slowly starts to ease after 5 days in. You'll still feel run down and tired but that's to be expected. Food is a bit easier to swallow but then my right ear was hurting when I ate. It also hurts first thing in the morning too. I'm now exactly a week after surgery and the sore throat has eased, food tastes a lot better. The white stuff that coats the area of the removed tonsils has began to move. I wrote this because some of the stories concerned me a bit on here. A lot are very negative. No it's not easy, yes it hurts, but in time things get better. Good luck with your recovery.

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