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Have You Had Your Tonsils Taken Out?  
User currently offlineFuturesdpdcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2469 times:

Hey, here's my question. I always get strep throat, maybe 4 or 5 times a year, so my doctor told me I should think about getting them out.

Wondering what the procedure is, how long it takes, time spent in the hospital, and how much time off of work i'll need.

I'd greaty appreciate it. (I'd say Merry Christmas but this thread would probably get locked too.)

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User currently offlineTransIsland From Bahamas, joined Mar 2004, 2042 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

Had them taken out in 1998. Missed one of the most important matches my soccer club played in years (but got it on tv instead). Altogether maybe a week in hospital.

A friend of mine gave me a variety selection of magazines, which I read front to back - all of them. Including "Playboy." If anybody ever tells you that they read "Playboy" for the articles or interviews, they're lying!!! Dead boring stuff. The pictures weren't too bad though. Maybe NOA_people though.

Anyways.... I used to have tonsillitis about 4 or 5 times a year. Ever since I got rid of them, I only suffer from a massively sore throat once every time I get into a cold climate. Vast improvement.

Merry Xmas.



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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2463 times:

I had them out when I was 12... I went in at 8am... I was home by, IDK, noonish the same day. I spent the next week in bed and diddnt eat for about 5 days... gatoraide was my friend. But all in all it was no biggie.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2460 times:

Quoting Futuresdpdcop (Thread starter):
I always get strep throat, maybe 4 or 5 times a year, so my doctor told me I should think about getting them out.

Good call, the older you get the worse it is . . . .

Do it as soon as you can, if they are presenting a problem.

Reason #1: My ex-wife (#2 - and I don't wanna hear it  wink  ), kept hers and had, as do you, strep, three four, five times a year. Finally, the doc says the tonsils have to go. Should have been an hour in surgery. Turned in to five. Complications getting them out.

Note she's never had strep since.

Reason #2: Ft. Hood TX, 1979, I hadn't had mine out. Always getting a sore throat. I go to have them removed and the docs find a tumor growing on one . . . said I should have had them removed long time ago, would have saved me ten days in Darnall Army Hospital . . .

Quoting Futuresdpdcop (Thread starter):
Wondering what the procedure is, how long it takes, time spent in the hospital, and how much time off of work i'll need.

No complications, in and out in a 24 hours . . .

Get to it troop.  wink 


User currently offlineTootallsd From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 557 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2461 times:
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FutureSDPD -- get the things ripped out. I waited until I was 22 and there was a lot of infection to be cleaned out of cavities that had built up over time. Recovery was not that easy -- the pain was pretty intense during the first week. But like TransIsland it was a vast improvement. And be aware that these infections drift around in your system and have the possibility of causinng heart valve damage amongst other maladies. Go up to Pill Hill and let the boys at Mercy do the work.

User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

Quoting Tootallsd (Reply 4):
Go up to Pill Hill and let the boys at Mercy do the work.

I think I would be freaked out walkin the streets up there still dazed. Those boys can be brutal. Is it something I can drive myself to and home or do I have to have someone take me?


User currently offlineADXMatt From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 950 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2412 times:

I had mine out at age 29.......
I went into the hospital in the morning and was home by 5pm. The doctor wanted me to stay overnight but the insurance company said no way.

I was in bed for a few days with some good pain medicine. Actual procedure is not long at all. The older you are the higher the chance of complications. But overall it is a safe procedure.

No strep or sore throats since. It was worth it.

Good luck...
Matt


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8443 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2407 times:
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Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 5):
Is it something I can drive myself to and home or do I have to have someone take me?

Yeah you could drive home, after a night in the hospital to let the anaesthesia wear off.

BTW I still have mine, and my appendix, and my prostate LOL



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 2401 times:

Mine were taken out when I was 5 so its different as a kid then an adult. But my friend just had his out 3 weeks ago. He had a bad raction to the meds but other then that took him a week to get back to his normal thing. First couple of days he was miserable. Make sure you can take Vicadin and things of this nature.


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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 2398 times:

Quoting Futuresdpdcop (Thread starter):
so my doctor told me I should think about getting them out.
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Wondering what the procedure is, how long it takes, time spent in the hospital, and how much time off of work i'll need.

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I discussed this a year ago with my doctor rather thoroughly as mines in a way are crap. But he told me that he only would favour to have them taken out if really necessary and required in case of REAL problems. He told me that it in the 1950ies/60ies/70ies had been "in fashion" to take them out, but that they in fact have some REAL functions. He compared it with the haemorrhoids which also were readily removed in the past while also having some functions. The answer to your question from MY side would be a clear NO --- and that in spite of the procedure being short with one or two days in hospital only .
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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

I got my adenoids removed and at the same time my foreskin. thank goodness I didn't get my tonsils removed at the same time !


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User currently offlineNeilYYZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 7 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 10):
I got my adenoids removed and at the same time my foreskin. thank goodness I didn't get my tonsils removed at the same time !

Well isn't that just a whole lot of information I didn't really want to know about on Christmas morning  Wink

I had mine out, went into the hospital around breakfast and was out by dinner, most of that time was spent in the lobby waiting for a ride home (I didn't have a car). Just get them out, simple operation, well worth it, I haven't had strep in a long time.


User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2357 times:

I had them removed in 1994 when I was three years old. It was my birthday present. I don't remember it at all....though maybe that's a good thing. Not a fun present but probably worth it.

People in this thread have been talking about strep throat, and right above the posting area there is an ad about strep throat and natural cures. Hmmm  scratchchin 



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2322 times:

Quoting Futuresdpdcop (Thread starter):
Hey, here's my question. I always get strep throat, maybe 4 or 5 times a year, so my doctor told me I should think about getting them out.

You should absolutely have them out. An increasing reliance on anti-biotics to flight strep throat throughout the 1980s and 1990s is one of the main reasons for all the anti-biotic resistant bacteria and alergies to the drugs we are seeing now. I had mine out in 5th grade, only after they found a massive peritonsillar absess on one of them and I developed juvenile osteoperosis because of the strep. This was a couple years after my pediatricians convinced my parents to just keep using anti-biotics even after I had 9 strep throats in 1 year. Pull them.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 3):
Good call, the older you get the worse it is . . . .

Total agreement. Then again, that even applies to the young. I was 10 when mine came out and the 6 year old sharing the room with me was in a lot better shape than I was.



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User currently offlineBaylorAirBear From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 2913 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2321 times:

You may not believe this, but I was actually born without tonsils. At the age of three, I had tonsils, recovered from a donor, implanted.

BAB



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User currently offline71Zulu From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3061 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2307 times:

Had mine taken out earlier this year at age 45 and it wasn't nearly as bad as everybody was telling me it was gonna be. Went under at about 10am, woke up about 2:30pm and was heading home at 4pm. They will give you a prescription for liquid pain killer and make absolutely sure you have this filled at the hospital pharmacy before you leave because you must stay on the regular every 4 hour schedule. For the first 24 hours, the only thing I consumed was iced orange Gatorade. After that, started adding some chicken broth and soft bread. Within a couple days was eating shredded chicken and macaroni and cheese. After 2 weeks, I was back to nearly normal eating except obviously no tacos or chips with sharp edges. I was on a leave of absence from work so was in no rush to get back, but would think a week off work would be plenty; maybe get it done on a Wednesday and you should be back at work the following Monday. My throat never really hurt that much and I was off the pain killer after about 3-4 days, but you do feel the scabs forming and they are a little annoying when you swallow. I could talk perfectly normal, although quieter than usual, after about the 3rd day.

Like you I was always getting strep throat, sinus infections you name it. Since April when I had it done, I have had 1 cold and as a test I never went to the doctor or took any antibiotics. After a few days I felt better and within a week it cured itself. This would have never happened before and would have turned into a full blown sinus infection. For me, I think removing the tonsils has been a big help and I feel much better.



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User currently offlineAndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 41
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2304 times:

I had mine out when I was 6. I don't remember much about it, but I know it was no big deal.

As for strep and the like, I don't get strep, and one flu shot per year keeps me fairly healthy.

Good luck, feel better. You'll be better off without them!

Drew



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2297 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 10):
adenoids

what are adenoids ? a kind of tumourous "extensions" ? and at what age should they be removed ? 1 yr, 5 yrs, 10 yrs ?
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User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2272 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 17):

what are adenoids ? a kind of tumourous "extensions" ? and at what age should they be removed ? 1 yr, 5 yrs, 10 yrs ?
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those are often referred to as egetations. Its lymph nodes just as the tonsils that are located on the upper respiratory tract behind the nose. They are usually removed at early childood

regards

BM



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26376 posts, RR: 76
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 17):
what are adenoids ? a kind of tumourous "extensions" ? and at what age should they be removed ? 1 yr, 5 yrs, 10 yrs ?

To add to RootsAir's answer about adenoids, they are usually removed at the same time tonsils are, as they are usually infected too and it is much easier to remove them both at the same time.



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 18):
egetations. Its lymph nodes just as the tonsils that are located on the upper respiratory tract behind the nose.

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Thanks. What actually are/were the functions of the tonsils and the adenoids ?
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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1551 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2243 times:

I wish I could get mine out...sore throats are almost commonplace in my life, but whenever I mention getting my tonsils out to a doctor, I'm looked at as if I was asking for something that was done during the Dark Ages. Then again, it could be because I'm overweight, and my doctor thinks that I might overdo it with ice cream...

Marc


User currently offlineRootsAir From Costa Rica, joined Feb 2005, 4186 posts, RR: 40
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2239 times:

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 20):
Thanks. What actually are/were the functions of the tonsils and the adenoids ?

As with other organs of the lymphatic system, the tonsils and adenoids act as part of the immune system to help protect against infection. In particular, they are believed to be involved in helping fight off pharyngeal and upper respiratory tract infections. That's why they are not automatically removed when one has troubles with them .



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2237 times:

I have not gotten my tonsils removed fortunately. I have also never had serious problems with a soar throat.

User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2232 times:

Quoting RootsAir (Reply 22):
part of the immune system to help protect against infection.

thanks. Think it was something like that my doctor mentioned, it must be some 4 years ago. I do NOT have REAL problems generally, but they apparently are not in a splendid shape, so that surgery might become inavoidable possibly, but apparently a good chance that it will stay as it is.
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25 Post contains images Damirc : Had mine taken out back in 1982. Don't recall much of it though. IIRC I stayed in hospital 3-4 days afterwards. What I do recall is waking up with a s
26 Post contains links Aa757first : Tonsillectomies are outpatient procedures. It will be done at an ambulatory surgery center or a regular hospital. They will do the procedure and move
27 Asuflyer05 : I had mine removed when I was 3 along with my adnoids. I like most people kept getting strep throat and ear infections. I have not had either since th
28 SlamClick : Yup! About 55 years ago. One of only two stays in a hospital in my life. My mother had hers out at the same time. She thought she'd die! I ate potato
29 Tom in NO : Had mine out when I was 4 or 5. That time in the hospital is one of my earliest memories. I also recall being on a serious ice cream diet after that.
30 Post contains images 808TWA : I also had mine removed at around 4 years old. Strangely I can also remember quite vividly the hospital experience including the ice cream after the s
31 BigOrange : I had mine removed way back in 1973. IIRC I was in hospital for 3-4 days, living on ice cream, tomato soup and orange ice lollies (popsicles for the U
32 Post contains images Cosec59 : That's recent I had mine removed along with my adenoids back in 1965
33 Canuckpaxguy : I had mine taken out 28 years ago, just before my third birthday. I understand they now try to avoid removing tonsils from young children. I don't kno
34 N1120A : And you probably didn't gain an ounce.
35 SlamClick : 1952 if we are going for records here.
36 Kmh1956 : Me too....well, except the prostate, of course.
37 Post contains images 808TWA : Wow, I was thinking that you had your prostate removed until I read your profile and noticed you were female
38 Post contains images Kmh1956 : HA HA HA    GOTCHA!![Edited 2006-12-30 00:52:59]
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