Weight gain and tonsillectomy?
I would like to hear any of your experiences with excessive weight gain after tonsillectomy. My daughter is scheduled to have her tonsils and adenoids removed in two weeks due to obstructive sleep apnea. She never had problems until she started school, and I guess her constant exposure to germs there have caused her tonsils to work overtime fighting them off. I would like to find a natural way to alleviate the problem, but I haven't found anything that sounds more effective than surgery. I'm a nervous wreck about it, and now I've read that many children become obese after the surgery. This isn't really the case with adults after tonsillectomies, though.
According to the studies, the extra calories burned basically fighting to breathe at night are no longer burned after the tonsils are removed. The body also tries to catch up when growth was stunted by poor sleep. Some people say they gained 15 pounds in the first few months afterwards and it just never stopped. I have a hard time believing that they are eating healthy foods and exercising and still are obese, but could there be a link to your body trying to compensate for something it lost? I've always wondered why my sister was overweight when no one else in our family is, and then I realized after reading this study that she was average weight until she had her tonsils removed at age 8. Please tell me if this is crazy and or have you or someone you know ever experienced this.
Last edited by ncarolinagirl; 05-29-2010 at 08:05 PM.