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Anesthesia

Post Surgery, Torn Throat

02/11/2010

Question:

I have had surgery before, but this time the back of my throat is gettng worse not better. The little piece that hangs down at the top of my throat is discolored with a thick yellow whitish film over it. 3 days after surgery I can not eat or drink without a lot of pain. What can I do at this point? Do you think this part was torn and is trying to heal itself or infected?

Answer:

Netwellness is not a diagnostic service so you should please consult with your medical practitioner. Sore throat after general anesthesia is rather common, especially with intubation (breathing tube insertion) however it is usually mild, goes away after 2 or three days, and is not normally associated with any obvious discolouration of the uvula (the tissue at the back of the throat).

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University