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When might I need to call my doctor or 911 after a tonsil removal surgery?

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Symptoms such as pain, snoring, and fever under 102 F are normal after surgery. But call your doctor if you notice these things:

Go to the emergency room if you have:

  • You feel weak, dizzy, lightheaded, or have a headache. This could mean you haven’t had enough fluids. For your child: If’s he’s peeing only 2 to 3 times a day and crying without tears, that usually means he hasn’t had enough to drink.
  • You have a fever 102 F or higher.
  • You throw up or still feel sick to your stomach more than 12 hours after surgery
  • A hard time breathing
  • Any bleeding (small bits of dark blood in your nose or spit are normal, but bright red blood means you need to be seen by a doctor.)

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Tonsillectomy,” “Tonsillitis.”

Piedmont Healthcare: “When should your tonsils be removed?”

Cincinnati Children’s: “Tonsillectomy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

KidsHealth: “Having Your Tonsils Taken Out.”

National Health Service: “Tonsillitis -- Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tonsillectomy Overview.”

University of Missouri Health Care, ENT and Allergy Center: “Tonsillectomy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Ear tubes,” “Tonsillectomy,” “Tonsillitis.”

Piedmont Healthcare: “When should your tonsils be removed?”

Cincinnati Children’s: “Tonsillectomy.”

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: “Tonsils and Adenoids.”

St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital: “Preparing Your Child for Surgery.”

KidsHealth: “Having Your Tonsils Taken Out.”

National Health Service: “Tonsillitis -- Treatment.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Tonsillectomy Overview.”

University of Missouri Health Care, ENT and Allergy Center: “Tonsillectomy.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on November 26, 2018

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