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Please help! Botched tonsillectomy?

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Old 04-22-2006, 09:51 PM   #1
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Please help! Botched tonsillectomy?

I posted this a couple days ago. I am now 19 days post-op:

I went to the ENT for my post-op follow-up today. I've been looking in the mirror these past couple days, and noticing that the sides don't look smooth like my daughters do (both daughters had theirs out). Looks bumpy where the tonsils were. I figured it was because it is still healing.
I did not mention it to him- I wanted to see what he said first.
The ENT looked in my throat, and said "Oh! It looks like you have some residual tonsils in there!"
He said that my tonsils were big, and deep, so he was careful not to cut too deep so that I wouldn't bleed heavily.
But the result is that there are still jagged bits of tonsils left!
He said it's more like a tonsillotomy than a tonsillectomy, which was not his intention. Then he said he feels bad!
He said there should not be a problem, but if I do have any problems, he may have to re-do it.
You've got to be kidding me!
I cannot even imagine having to do this again!

Since I posted, it's more apparent how botched this tonsillectomy seems to just doesn't look right. I have had more scabbing come off, and the pieces of tonsil that remain are so much more obvious now!
What I didn't add to the above post is just how surprised and, well...embarrassed he seemed when he first looked in my mouth at my post-op visit. It was almost like he accidentally let the "Oh, I feel bad!" slip out, because that's where he started back pedaling telling me the difference between a tonsillotomy vs. tonsillectomy, and how he felt like he didn't want to cut too deep so as to avoid bleeding....well than WHY didn't he tell us this after the surgery, and WHY was he so surprised when he looked in my throat at my post-op?
He also said I should not still have the pain that I do. I am not taking the pain med anymore, but I sure feel the pain is bad enough to take a dose or two daily still.
I will call my regular doc on Monday so I can get a referral to see another ENT for a second opinion, but I am so frustrated, and I feel so...violated? Cheated? I don't really know if I can put a word on how I feel about this. But it's not good.
That was an awful lot of pain to go through to have it done incorrectly.
Any advice or words of wisdom would be really appreciated!
You guys have been through the tonsillectomy, so you are the only ones who can truly get a sense of how I feel.

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Old 04-23-2006, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: Please help! Botched tonsillectomy?


I'd be ******. Did you have to pay for the surgery or was it covered under health care?

I know I wouldn't want to go though this again...

I'm glad my tonsils were somewhat back to regular size when I got them out. They gave me enough antibiotics to kill a horse.

Good luck with your second opinion!

Old 04-23-2006, 02:14 AM   #3
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Re: Please help! Botched tonsillectomy?

Have you thought about going to another doctor to get another opinion.
Thats what i would do.
Trust me, what happened to you happens all the time.

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