Bleeding does occur from the nose and the mouth – usually a small amount for a short time. Ongoing bleeding on the day of the surgery can rarely occur, and may require re-cauterization of the bleeding vessel.

Secondary bleeding may occur usually 5 -10 days after the operation, and is usually as a result of secondary infection.

Theater (GA) control is usually not necessary. Pain varies depending on age, and compliance with medication and recommended diet. A small number of children may experience worse pain around day 5.

It is essential to resume a normal, high fibre diet as soon as possible to minimize complications and speed up recovery.

How an adenotonsillectomy is carried out