Post-Op Instructions: Adenoidectomy
NORMAL POSTOP COMPLAINTS
- Throat discomfort is minimal. Tylenol or Motrin usually provides sufficient pain relief.
- Neck pain and earaches are common, occurring in 5 to 7 days. Treat these with Children’s Motrin or Advil.
- Low-grade fever between 99-100 degrees. (May be worsened by a poor fluid intake).
- May have bad breath for up to 3 weeks.
- Significant nasal congestion, due to soft tissue swelling from the surgery. As the swelling goes down, a runny nose and cough are common (Resolves after two weeks).
- Slight bleeding from the nose, if patient becomes overactive too soon.
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- Fever greater than 102 degrees that does not respond to Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin).
- Severe nose bleed.
- Severe neck pain or neck pain that does not respond to Motrin/Advil in 48-72 hours.
- Persistent nausea or vomiting.
HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS
- Begin with a clear liquid diet and progress to normal as your child feels like eating.
- Use Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Advil (Motrin) for pain and discomfort.
- Child should rest at home for the first day postop.
- Gradually increase activity level to normal after 3-4days, avoiding vigorous activity for 3-4 days.
Please refer to this when the nurses call you post-operatively.
Thomas M. Andrews
Dr. Andrews specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose and throat disorders of children and adolescents. His accreditations include Florida State Medical License and Ohio State Medical License. He is also a board member of the National Board of Medical Examiners and American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery