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Old 03-20-2007, 09:04 AM   #1
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Tonsil Tissue Left after Surgery

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I finally had my post op appointment with my ENT today (eight weeks after surgery!). I am still having problems with the left hand side of my throat (the worse side) and it feels like I have a peice of toast stuck there that won't come out - sorry, only way to describe it!! After a full examination (which involved him sticking a tube up my nose with a camera on the end so he could see down the back of my throat - gross!) he said that I still had a band on the left hand side and that they use these sometimes to cauterise after taking the tonsils out. They usually drop off but mine was hanging around for a while longer! I told him that I was still getting sore throats especially first thing in the morning and he thought that this could be due to acid reflux whilst sleeping and prescribed some antacids.

More annoying is that I still have lymphatic tissue around my throat and base of the tongue. He said that most people's tonsil tissue is contained in the tonsil pockets and when the tonsils are removed all the lymphatic tissue is removed too. However, some people have tissue around the throat and the base of the tongue also - me included - and, if I don't feel any better in six to eight weeks then they can laser this out! GREAT! Just when I thought I was turning a corner!!

Has anyone else experienced this?? I was worried that some tonsil tissue was left behind in one of the tonsil beds but there is nothing there so at least my tonsil can't grow back! But my specialist did say that the tissue dotted around my throat could cause me problems. I have an open appointment so will have to see how things go. It could just be a slow recovery, I know that this operation is no party when you are in your mid-thirties!

My taste is still not good, still have a very metallic taste in my mouth and some food still tastes downright weird! Still feeling a little tired - think I need some time off work xx

 
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:07 PM   #2
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Re: Tonsil Tissue Left after Surgery

Interesting? I'm having some recurrent symptoms too. My throat is raw and tender (but not like post-op pain), more like earlier sore throats. My ENT said everything looked great at my follow-up, but now my uvula is swollen again, with congestion and sore throat...wondering if there was some tissue left too? I may have to go back and I will ask. Please let me know if you find out anything else about this.

 
Old 03-21-2007, 08:54 AM   #3
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Interesting? I'm having some recurrent symptoms too. My throat is raw and tender (but not like post-op pain), more like earlier sore throats. My ENT said everything looked great at my follow-up, but now my uvula is swollen again, with congestion and sore throat...wondering if there was some tissue left too? I may have to go back and I will ask. Please let me know if you find out anything else about this.
Hi Jillbean

Its annoying isn't it! My pain isn't ANYTHING like post op pain - thank god!! But it is worse in the morning and I sometimes get the odd shooting pain where my tonsils use to be. I too get congestion from time to time and I can see it in my throat when I open my mouth. It feels like I have something in my throat at all times - one side much worse than the other - but I can't actually SEE anything only my ENT, after a thorough examination, could see that I have tissue left in my throat not in my tonsil beds, thats all gone but just around my throat and back of my tongue. Of course the lingual tonsils are at the back of your tongue but my surgeon told me that they are nothing to worry about its your palatine tonsils that cause problems.

Ask your surgeon about this when you next see him. You could be one of the minority that has tissue dotted about the throat and not just contained in your tonsils!!

 
Old 03-21-2007, 08:57 AM   #4
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Hi Jillbean

Its annoying isn't it! My pain isn't ANYTHING like post op pain - thank god!! But it is worse in the morning and I sometimes get the odd shooting pain where my tonsils use to be. I too get congestion from time to time and I can see it in my throat when I open my mouth. It feels like I have something in my throat at all times - one side much worse than the other - but I can't actually SEE anything only my ENT, after a thorough examination, could see that I have tissue left in my throat not in my tonsil beds, thats all gone but just around my throat and back of my tongue. Of course the lingual tonsils are at the back of your tongue but my surgeon told me that they are nothing to worry about its your palatine tonsils that cause problems.

Ask your surgeon about this when you next see him. You could be one of the minority that has tissue dotted about the throat and not just contained in your tonsils!!

P.S. My surgeon did suggest that the sore throats (and an irritating night cough that I have) could be down to acid reflux (in the night in my case) and to take antacids . He said that this aggravates your throat no end. Could this also be worsening congestion??

 
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