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Adenoidectomy Home Care Instructions

The following is a general guide and should cover most of the common situations which may arise. If special problems occur, please call and leave a message for our Triage Nurse at 703-573-7600 ext. 1106, Monday through Friday 9AM-4PM. A physician is on call for after-hours problems which cannot wait until the office reopens.

Activities: Resting at home for the first 48 hours is desirable. This does not mean absolute bed rest, but activity should definitely be restricted. After the second day at home, activity can be gradually increased and the patient may go outside on the fifth day. Children may return to school if they have been free of symptoms for 48 hours. Strenuous activity, sports, or swimming should be avoided until after post-operative day # 14. Airline travel is not allowed for 2 weeks following surgery.

Diet: A regular diet may be taken as tolerated. Soft foods and liquids may be preferred for the first one or two post-operative days. Try to avoid using straws.

Pain and Sleep: Until the fifth or sixth post-operative day most patients, especially children, will be listless and lack energy during the day, and may not sleep comfortably during the night. Any pain should be relieved by Tylenol (acetaminophen) which can be obtained at the pharmacy without a prescription. Ear pain is not uncommon and rarely indicates an ear infection. It is due to referred pain from the adenoid region. It is best treated with Tylenol and/or a hot water bottle applied to the ear.

General Information: A membrane will form in the adenoid region after being removed. This may create an odor to the breath which will go away as the area heals. Normally, the patient will have a low grade fever (to 101 degrees) for the first week, which will disappear as fluid intake is increased. Slight bleeding from the mouth or nose may occur. This should not be a cause for alarm unless it is persistent. It is best to avoid contact with people who have colds or upper respiratory infections during the post-operative period.

Persistent bleeding/Persistent vomiting/Persistent cough/Persistent fever


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