5 Ways to Eat After Tonsil Removal

Though ice cream is traditional, you can eat either warm (not hot) or cool soft foods, as your throat pain allows, in the days following tonsil-removal surgery. Actually, you have quite a range of foods available to you in every food group that probably won't cause you much irritation. Most patients can tolerate pancakes, muffins and soft sandwich bread with the crusts removed, though you may want to wait until two or three days after surgery before introducing these, just to let the acute swelling go down. You can also choose from a wide variety of other grain products, including pasta and noodles, quinoa, couscous and grits. Your selection of meats may be a little more limited, confined to items such as meat loaf, stewed chicken or slow-cooked barbecue-style meats. It's essential that you cook the meat until it has an extra-soft texture, if you choose to consume it at all. Tofu makes an ideal meat substitute because of its soft consistency. For fruits and vegetables, try cooked carrots, mashed potatoes, bananas and applesauce. These types of food will cause minimal throat irritation when swallowed.

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A bowl of mashed potatoes. (Image: OksanaKiian/iStock/Getty Images)

Though ice cream is traditional, you can eat either warm (not hot) or cool soft foods, as your throat pain allows, in the days following tonsil-removal surgery. Actually, you have quite a range of foods available to you in every food group that probably won't cause you much irritation. Most patients can tolerate pancakes, muffins and soft sandwich bread with the crusts removed, though you may want to wait until two or three days after surgery before introducing these, just to let the acute swelling go down. You can also choose from a wide variety of other grain products, including pasta and noodles, quinoa, couscous and grits. Your selection of meats may be a little more limited, confined to items such as meat loaf, stewed chicken or slow-cooked barbecue-style meats. It's essential that you cook the meat until it has an extra-soft texture, if you choose to consume it at all. Tofu makes an ideal meat substitute because of its soft consistency. For fruits and vegetables, try cooked carrots, mashed potatoes, bananas and applesauce. These types of food will cause minimal throat irritation when swallowed.

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