Tonsillectomy | Purpose, Contraindications, Procedure, Recovery and Complications

7. Dehydration

There are multiple factors that can increase the risk of dehydration such as post-operative nausea, vomiting, and odynophagia that decrease oral intake. Vomiting and dehydration may delay patient discharge from the hospital.

The risk of dehydration increases in small children because they are less co-operative and refuse the oral intake after the surgery. single intra-operative steroid injection can enhance the patient ability to return to their preoperative diet.