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    My son is booked in to have a couple of surgeries next week, one of which is to get his tonsils removed. I was under the impression that these days they are lasered out instead of surgically removed, so that there are no stitches. The Ear Nose And Throat Specialist that we saw said that he will be surgically removing them. DP said "dont you laser them out?" and he said "no, they are surgically removed". DP had his done many years ago and they were lasered out, and my brother had his done about 2-3years ago and that was laser as well.

    I am just wondering if anyone has had their childrens tonsils removed in the past couple of years, surgically and not lasered.

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    I know you only asked for 2-3 years however.. My Surgically removed ones I believe were Cauterised (i think it's the right word) They burned them out, unsure if it was Laser though and I know it was burned as I have a burn scar on the back of my throat from where they found a Quincy hiding behind rather enlarged tonsils.

    That was 7 years ago.

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    not my child but my niece had her's out a fortnight ago and they were surgically removed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefooted View Post
    I know you only asked for 2-3 years however.. My Surgically removed ones I believe were Cauterised (i think it's the right word) They burned them out, unsure if it was Laser though and I know it was burned as I have a burn scar on the back of my throat from where they found a Quincy hiding behind rather enlarged tonsils.

    That was 7 years ago.
    i thought they surgically remove them then cauterise the would so it doesnt bleed too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RmumR View Post
    i thought they surgically remove them then cauterise the would so it doesnt bleed too much.
    So they are surgically removed, but rather than stitch it closed they burn it closed? Is that what you are saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    So they are surgically removed, but rather than stitch it closed they burn it closed? Is that what you are saying?
    yes thats right there are no stitches involved.

    the tonsils are removed and the would is cauterised - burned so it doesnt bleed and then over a few weeks the body heals the burn.

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    Phew! Ok thanks. We were just really confused when he said surgically removed because we knew that stitches were a thing of the past for tonsils being removed...thought I might have had a doctor who preferred to do things the old way or something haha.

    Thanks for the replies. I can now shift my fears to the other ops he is having on the same day

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    Surgically here, late November last year in hte Royal Children's in Bris.

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    Hello there,

    My daughter was 3 when she had hers removed under general anesthetic.. They cut them out but laser the bed of where the tonsils were so it stops bleeding. After 3-5 days the beds on the side of the back of their throat turn white and that is when it will become uncomfortable for them. We spent overnight in the hospital and she was great after her surgery. Just keep in mind that the peak of the pain doesn't actually happen until the 5-7 day afterwards. Also eating lots of solid foods like toast, sandwiches, cereal etc.. The more normal diet the quicker they recover. I also found that panadol suppositories were fantastic to keep on hand just in case. If they don't swallow their medicine at least you can still get pain relief into them.
    Slurpies from McDonalds also put a smile on my daughters face when she wasn't having a good day..

    Please don't let any of this make it sound bad because it is definitely not as bad as it sounds. To be honest with you having my daughters tonsils and adenoids removed was the best thing I have done. She has gone 16 months without a chest infection, cough or even a runny nose.
    I also have my 2 year old son currently on the waiting list to be done next.

    Good luck and you'll never look back :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummymagz View Post
    I also have my 2 year old son currently on the waiting list to be done next.
    How long is the wait? We were super lucky. We saw the ENT today (2nd visit) and he said he had a cancellation for next week so we jumped on it.


 

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