Re: I'm Scheduled for a Laser Tonsillectomy
My daughter had a CO2 laser tonsillectomy today. I'm writing because I could find very little first-hand accounts from anyone who'd had this procedure, and I'm willing to answer questions if anyone is interested.
The procedure lasted about twenty minutes. She was given an oral numbing agent, and then had a shot or two inside her mouth to numb the tonsils. They were then vaporized with the laser. Sometimes it hurt, but not terribly. She was given a 7 day course of antibiotics, and some hydrocodone.
We got home around noon, it is 5:30 now, and she's doing great. She said it's like having a sore throat without the cold symptoms. She is not counting the minutes until her next hydrocodone, even though she could take her second one in about fifteen minutes, she's going to wait until closer to bedtime to take it.
Drinking cold icy drinks makes her throat feel better. We were told that she will have some throat pain for the next 2 - 3 days, that on the third day it will probably get worse, and then will get better. Even so, they doubt she'll be using very many of the hydrocodone pills. I'll let you know if this turns out to be true.