Snoring or Sleep Apnea Surgery Information

  • The following medications are NOT to be used 1 week before or after surgery unless directed by your doctor as they may cause bleeding. If you are not sure, ask the doctor.

    Advil, Aspirin, Coumadin, Ibuprofen, Plavix, Ticlid, Warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis
    Anti-inflammatory or blood thinner medications
    ANY herbal, naturopathic or homeopathic medications

  • Try to remain quiet and restful for the first few days after surgery.

  • A general guide to oral intake of foods/liquids after surgery:

    Day 1-3: Cool or lukewarm liquids (water, juice, milk), ice cream, apple-sauce, popsicles
    Day 5-7: Semi-solid, but still cool or lukewarm foods/liquids
    Day 7 and after: Progress slowly towards a regular diet NO SCRATCHY or CRISPY foods up to 7 days after surgery

  • Remember that a DRY throat is a SORE throat and that healing will be promoted by even small, frequent sips of fluids. Drink as often as possible, this is key to rapid healing and a smooth recovery.

  • Pain in one or both ears is common after palate or tonsil surgery and is indicative of “referred” pain from the surgical site. It rarely signifies ear problems.

  • A low-grade fever during the first 48 hours post-op is not unusual, and is best controlled with Tylenol (Acetaminophen). If it persists, contact the doctor’s office.

  • The back of your throat will appear yellow/white and swollen during the early post-operative period – this is normal and not a cause for concern.

  • You may notice a change in sensation of the back of the throat and/or the soft palate – this is usually temporary but can last for a few months.

  • Use prescribed pain medication regularly (every 4-6 hours) for the first 48 hours after surgery – this will keep the pain under control better than just occasional use.

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