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  1. In the immediate post-operative recovery period, a liquid diet should be maintained.  You may feel temporarily drowsy and nauseated from the anesthesia.  Medication is available for nausea. 
  2. Diet:  When liquids are tolerated satisfactorily, the diet may be advanced to a regular diet with no restriction on types of food.  It should subside without difficulty.
  3. Fever:  A low-grade fever is common during the first several days after the operatoion.  It is often associated with inadequate fluid intake and should be treated by increasing fluids and using Tylenol or Motrin type products.  Both Tylenol and Motrin can pe used after PET and or adenoidectomy.   Should the temperature rise above 102 degrees, you should contact the physician.
  4. Pain:  There should be minimal discomfort on swallowing due to an adenoidectomy.  Ear pain can occur after adenoidectomy.  This is usually referred pain and not related to the ears at all.  Both Tylenol and Motrin can be used after PET and/ or adenoidectomy.
  5. Bleeding:  Although bleeding following the surgery is rare, it is the most common complication.  If it occurs, it is most likely to occur in the first 24 hours following surgery.  If the bleeding is persistent, or vigorous, your physician should be contacted.
  6. Bad breath:  It is very common for children to develop bad breath after an adenoidectomy.  This is not a sign of an infection.  It is part of the body’s normal healing process.  The bad breath can last seven to fourteen days.
  7. Activity:  Your child may return to normal activity the following day in most cases.  Some children need a day or two more to recover form the surgery and the anesthetic.  This is not atypical: Every body is different.
  8. Follow-up:  A post-operative checkup should be scheduled for approximately one month after surgery.
  9. If you have further questions, please contact us.
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