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    Old 05-09-2018, 11:25 PM   #1
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    Cauterized Wound (Tonsilectomy)

    Hi all,

    I'm sharing my ongoing tonsilectomy story because I'm really scared right now and want to hear from people who may have gone through something similar.

    I (23 years old) got my tonsils out one week ago today. The first few days of recovery were fine. Days 5-7, however, were anything but. I began by spitting trace amounts of blood on day 5 so went to the ER. They told me it's normal and to go home. Day 6 I was bleeding some more so I went to my ENT specialist and he said he didn't see any bleeding. Day 7 I woke up bleeding like crazy. I was so caught off guard by how much blood I was spitting up. I went to the ER again. They just told me to go home and gargle with salt water (not a very helpful staff). Shortly after getting home I hacked up a small blood clot. An hour later I puked twice and a huge blood clot came out.

    That led me to call the specialist and demand to be seen. Upon seeing me he saw the blood and managed to get an OR at a local hospital to cauterize the side that was bleeding.

    I just got home from the cauterization. I'm freaking out because right now there is no pain (still feeling the anesthesia), but I'm nervous that it will bleed again and that this is all for nothing. I'm reading horror stories of continuing bleeding after the cauterization and it's really scaring me.So a week after my initial surgery the left side has been cauterized but I'm not sure how much longer recovery will last.

    Please please please, if you or someone you know has experienced something similar, let me know what happened. I need some piece of mind and something to calm my anxiety. Thank you!!!!

     
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    Old 05-10-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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    Re: Cauterized Wound (Tonsilectomy)

    On occasion, the initial cauterization does not hold. This can be from something you eat, or coughing too much.... a second cauterization usually does the trick.

    Youre going to be fine. Your surgeon went back and did what had to be done. He doesn't want to see you in his office again and more than you want to be there. He reinforced what he did the first time and you have to believe that you are now on your way to healing...the fact that he took you back in to do this is proof that it needed to be done.

    Try to eat soft foods and try NOT to cough. Follow whatever instructions you were sent home with to the T....and relax. Youre on your way to healing!
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    Old 05-10-2018, 01:21 PM   #3
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    Re: Cauterized Wound (Tonsilectomy)

    Thank you! The peace of mind helps. Although I will say I have been coughing a lot in my sleep and that has been what's woken me up multiple times.

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    On occasion, the initial cauterization does not hold. This can be from something you eat, or coughing too much.... a second cauterization usually does the trick.

    Youre going to be fine. Your surgeon went back and did what had to be done. He doesn't want to see you in his office again and more than you want to be there. He reinforced what he did the first time and you have to believe that you are now on your way to healing...the fact that he took you back in to do this is proof that it needed to be done.

    Try to eat soft foods and try NOT to cough. Follow whatever instructions you were sent home with to the T....and relax. Youre on your way to healing!

     
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