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Older person having their tonsils out - should she be concerned?

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Chocol8 Thu 13-Jan-05 18:44:21

A friend of mine visited the specialist at the hospital yesterday and had a camera (can't remember what it's called) put down her throat.

She has large lumps on her tonsils and the specialists are not sure what they are. They have scheduled her in to have her tonsils removed in February, but she is concerned mainly because of her age, she is 58. She's worried that she won't make a quick recovery. They've told her she will be in overnight, out the next day and 2 weeks to recouperate, but she is not convinced because of her age.

Does anyone have any experience of this please?

Tinker Thu 13-Jan-05 19:07:42

I wasn't that old (23) when I had mine out but expect the advice is standard. I had to be off work for 2 weeks (in fact, stay indoors for 2 weeks) because of the risk of infection. I felt lousy for a day, then weak and then did get an ear infection which set me back but, otherwise, can't see why she shouldn't have recovered after 2 weeks.

Chocol8 Thu 13-Jan-05 20:33:57

Tinker - I think her main concern is just the fact that she's older - and maybe she won't heal as quickly as a younger person.

Slinky Thu 13-Jan-05 20:50:24

DH had his taken out last year - he was 38. He was scheduled off work for 2 weeks (as is usual for tonsil ops.) but ended up having 3 weeks off in the end. He had lots of "deferred pain" in his ears and had problems eating.

They do generally say that children recover far quicker than adults.

pixel Sat 15-Jan-05 23:16:27

My Dh had his taken out last year at the age of 50. He did suffer at the time but was definately ok after 2 weeks.

Tiggiwinkle Sat 15-Jan-05 23:22:31

I also had mine out in my early twenties.
Not pleasant as an adult-very painful afterwards. As the others have said you are advised to stay away from risk of infection for a couple of weeks; there is also a slight risk of bleeding from the operation site as well, which would mean swift return to hospital.

pixel Mon 17-Jan-05 00:04:25

dh was advised to eat bread afterwards as it cleans out any infected bits.

Chocol8 Tue 18-Jan-05 18:46:47

Thank you very much for your advice, I will pass it on to my friend.

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