adult tonsillectomy with diabetes

By Sally Latest Reply 2009-08-17 21:03:14 -0500
Started 2009-08-16 14:43:02 -0500

Has anyone on here had a tonsillectomy as an adult? If so, how did diabetes affect your recovery and how did you deal with your diabetes during this time? My ear, nose and throat dr is pushing me to have this surgery, due to recurring ear infections and a severely enlarged tonsil. When I mention my concerns to him, he brushes them off, telling me I will be fine. He doesn't give specific answers to my questions. I have heard this is a tough surgery for adults, and my dr is wanting to do this as an outpatient surgery. Any thoughts or input on this???

8 replies

2catty 2009-08-16 18:22:23 -0500 Report

That is weird. Dr.'s told my teen son that when you get older they do not do that surgery. Now my baby took three day to get better but he is not diabetic. He had it rough last year. Good luck!

Sally 2009-08-16 21:59:32 -0500 Report

I know kids get over tonsillectomies much easier than adults. I am not sure why, but they do. I did some research and found several websites that had threads that talked about adult tonsilectomies and it scared me to death. They are saying 6-10 weeks recovery, with lots of pain. NO one seemed to have positive post op results, in fact many were re- hospitalized due to dehydration and bleeding. I am so confused as to what to do. I can't seem to get off of antibiotics for more than a few weeks, before my ears start up agian. Then, the infection sends my bs thru the roof.

Judimar 2009-08-17 03:22:00 -0500 Report

Hi Sally!

I had my tonsils, anoids, and part of my ulvua removed when I was 32 yrs old (44 as of July). I was not diabetic at the time. While it was somewhat painful to swallow while it healed, I would say it was well worth the discomfort and recovery time.

Prior to the tonsilectomy I had strep throat at least once a year. My tonsils looked like two baby fists in my throat. I don't regret removing them nor do I miss them at all.

I am not certain why your ENT doctor is brushing off your concerns… they are very valid. I agree that you should perhaps speak with your primary care physican about them. Maybe the two of them can coordinate your care.

Best of luck,


Harlen 2009-08-16 17:51:57 -0500 Report

For me it was only 3 days then I was ok
just stick to what your Dr sed to eat
Just like a bad sore throte for three days "for me "
I hope it is the same or better for you
Good luck

kdroberts 2009-08-16 14:48:32 -0500 Report

It's going to suck. You have to eat limited foods for a couple of weeks, not go out and stuff like that. It also hurts like hell. My sister had it done a couple of years ago and she said it was awful at the time. With diabetes it's a real concern because the stress of the surgery, the recovery, limited food, medication and exercise could really mess your blood sugars up. It's not something your doctor should brush off and does need careful planning. It may mean some major medication adjustments among other things so should be discussed with whoever you see for your diabetes and have them contact your ENT doctor.

Sally 2009-08-16 17:37:16 -0500 Report

That is a good idea- have my reg. dr contact my ENT. I hadn't thought about that. Thanks!