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Need Ideas for Recipes/Ideas for Post-Tonsillectomy Foods


I need your help, ladies! My husband is getting his tonsils out in early March and he's going to be lying on the couch and, according to the doctor, in some sort of heinous amount of pain for at least 2 weeks after surgery. With kids, ice cream is the customary meal, but their healing period is much shorter.

Anyway, it's probably not the healthiest thing for him to eat nothing but ice cream for two weeks, so does anyone have any suggestions? Has anyone else had a family member go through an adult tonsillectomy?

All I can think of is applesauce and tomato soup...

aly1692 aly1692 3 years 13 weeks
no dairy at all creates mucus, i got mine out 5 days ago and i eat chicken broth with scrambled egg in it, its filling and good and also watery oatmeal cooled went down easy
mcfolly mcfolly 4 years 23 weeks
Here are some ideas: poached eggs, polenta, risotto, orzo, any well blended soup. I don't personally have any experience with tonsillectomies, but these seem like they'd work really well with a tender throat.
Xis10tialism Xis10tialism 4 years 25 weeks
the whole "dairy causes mucus" is a complete myth.. I don't know how it started but that is not true. You can have dairy if you so please. and i had to have silver nitrate on my wounds, too.. and yes that hurt like hell. and no your voice wont change in a negative way--it'll sound less nasaly and more clear.
Xis10tialism Xis10tialism 4 years 25 weeks
(March 11th) I'm 20 yrs old and I just got my adenoids, tonsils removed, as well as my uvula operated on and I even had them open up my airways in my nostril by removing a bit of tissue. Today is March 23--and I was eating chicken the same day of the surgery.. and yesterday I had Churrasco... I havent touched ice cream or jello since my surgery.. I guess that's kinda rare to hear... anyway... I suggest maybe warm foods like certain pastas.. avoid any spices--nothing spicy at all!! And definitely stay away from citrus.. after a week i think he might be able to handle certain fruits like strawberries. And there is something in spanish called "Harina" which is like yellow corn meal.. that's very fine and extremely easy to make.. he could definitely eat that.. and i suggest you ask your doctor for "roxicet" its the BEST pain medication that literally targets your throat.. it's usually given to throat cancer patients-- so with some "roxy" he'll pretty much inhale an entire plate of food without feeling any pain.. just be very careful he chews his food--to avoid loosening his stitches in his mouth.. if there is a lot of bleeding after surpergy rush to the E.R.
Carr54321 Carr54321 4 years 37 weeks
I am 16 years old and just had my tonsils removed 11 days ago, and I'm still in a lot of pain. I can't swollow hardly at all and you're supposed to stay hydrated. On Cristmas Eve my scab broke loose on my right side and I was pouring blood and had to go to the ER. Then my surgeon had to rub some nitrate back there to close it but that was SO painful. I don't know when I'm going to get better. The only reason I got them taken out is because I've had strep 14 times since last august. My main concern is that I'm a singer and I don't want the surgery to effect my voice in a negative way. Any sugggestions?
hallaxx3 hallaxx3 4 years 40 weeks
Well they can be soothing, I would stay away from dairy. Dairy produces phlegm which can make your throat hurt worse and make it even harder to swallow.
aeb54 aeb54 5 years 36 weeks
ok.. so I'm 21 years old and I just had my tonsils out. I had tonsillitis 3 or 4 times in the last 8 months so I needed to have them removed. I have had my wisdom teeth out as well and its some what the same pain as that. I think that wisdom teeth removal is worse. So I've been eating apple sauce to take my meds. because they have to be crushed up. I've been drinking a lot of ice water iced apple juice( didnt have that for the at least 2 days after). I dont know if they have these things where you live but their called Fruit Frezzers... the are in the canned fruit isle they get frozen and they help the swelling go down in the throat. Also mashed potatoes have gone down alright but they need to be extremely mashed. But I heard of this child getting her tonsils out and her parents let her eat spaghetti like the 5 or 6 th day after surgery and she had to go back in to have it cauterized. So for sure soft foods for 2 weeks or even longer. Its going to feel like he's been screaming all day and has a sore throat on top of that. Its the 4 th day after surgery and my ears are killing me so putting cotton balls in my ears seems to help.
ALSW ALSW 6 years 26 weeks
Actually our ENT told my husband to have things like apple juice. And the tomato soup has gone down really good so far. No problems with that.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years 26 weeks
Good Luck, Adelheid!!!
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years 26 weeks
Good Luck, Adelheid!!!
Adelheid1 Adelheid1 6 years 26 weeks
Be careful with tomato soup and citrus juice, they can really hurt your throat (my ENT told me that; I'm getting mine out this Wednesday).
ALSW ALSW 6 years 28 weeks
Chicken broth is on my list of things to get! White tea is a good idea. I'll have to put it on my list too. We just went to BJ's last weekend and green tea was it.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years 28 weeks
ALSW , did you get chicken broth too. Also, get some white tea, it has healing properties as well.
ALSW ALSW 6 years 28 weeks
His surgery is next Thursday, so we're still in the preparation phases. We've bought ice cream, apple juice, green teas, soup, applesauce, pudding, popsicles, all that kind of good stuff. Plus, his surgery isn't just a tonsillectomy - he's also getting some of the uvula area removed due to his sleep apnea. So his recovery is going to be a little worse than most people with a regular tonsillectomy. Our ENT has told us to be careful with dairy products, but to go ahead and take them if that's what John wants. He didn't mention the no straw thing, but I suppose he figured that went without saying. He just told John to make sure he's swallowing a lot - big gulps! We're going to go out this weekend and get some yogurt smoothies and anything else from our list we haven't managed to pick up, like soups.
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years 29 weeks
ALSW, how is your husband doing?
musicalpigs musicalpigs 6 years 29 weeks
My boyfriend just had his tonsils taken out on Monday, and his favorite foods seemed to included the normal jello, sherbert, popsicles, tomato soup, slimfast, icecream and pudding (although they said no dairy the first 2 days, so the last 3 items we started on day 3) His favorite seemed to be the fruit smoothies that I made him. I got a bunch of different bags of frozen fruits, some fruit juices, and some fresh fruit, and tried different combinations the whole time. We had a lot of fun making them, and they made his throat feel good too. (Don't forget: no straw!) As he started feeling comfortable with all that, I started giving him Top Ramen (I crushed it up in the bag, then over cooked the noodles so they were really mushy), mashed potatoes and gravy, oatmeal, and then any food mushy enough to be chewed up really well. Hope this helped!
Rachiebo8 Rachiebo8 6 years 31 weeks
I had my tonsilis out when I was younger and was not allowed to eat anything dairy, so ice cream was out of the picture. I was told it was because it builds up too much mucus which can make swallowing even harder. I ate a ton of ice pops and the doctor also recommended that I drink gatorade.
ALSW ALSW 6 years 31 weeks
Awww, wynter! That's awful! I hope that he's doing better now. :)
wynter wynter 6 years 31 weeks
My youngest had his out in June, and he was sore for about three weeks. He ate pudding, yogurt, ice cream, soups, mashed potatoes, oatmeal (really thin), scrambled eggs, applesauce, jello, and popsicles (which he loved - think they numbed his throat). He had 5 different procedures that day though so he didn't have the quickest recovery.
Liss1 Liss1 6 years 31 weeks
When i had mine out i was only 11, but i remember being in a lot of pain and not wanting to eat anything. I was not allowed to eat ice cream i don't remember why but i had "rocks" in my throat and i think that had something to do with it. They made me eat apple sauce at the hospital but other than that i don't remember eating for a couple of days i think i was pretty out of it for a while. Good luck!
bellaressa bellaressa 6 years 31 weeks
I really hope he feels better; however, after the surgery he will have a better life as one poster already said. Wow, I never thought about Ensure or Slim Fast--those are good alternatives. What about a soy mil smoothie, really smooth.
curleyjo84 curleyjo84 6 years 31 weeks
eww. ashley that happened to me also.. only i was trying to brush my teeth lightly. and that happened. scared the crap outta me.
ashleycakes ashleycakes 6 years 31 weeks
ugh, I'm sorry for him!!
ALSW ALSW 6 years 31 weeks
He's been gargling hydrogen peroxide solution for weeks now. He accidentally swallowed some the other day and throw up thanks to it! His aunt had a problem similar to you too, ashleyk, and ended up back in the hospital because of the bleeding. His family apparently all get their tonsils out as adults - nuts.
ashleycakes ashleycakes 6 years 31 weeks
oh yes, I can vouch for both of those things. I have to tell a REALLY gross story now, so if you are easily grossed out, do not continue!! When I had mine out, about a week or so afterward I took a really hot shower and I guess it loosened up or brokw up the scabs that had formed where my tonsils were and blood just came gushing out of my mouth for like 10 minutes. I had to go back to the hospital and their solution? Gargle hydrogen peroxide. Wanna know what hydrogen peroxide tastes like? Hot ass.