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Had tonsils removed, have post nasal drip and mucus in a spot. Is it possible they missed a stitch?

Hi...I had my tonsils removed about 6 months ago. The dr stitched up the cuts versus burning the cuts or whatever it s called. Now back by my rear molar there is a deep one fourth inch cut. I think the stitches didn t take here or he missed a spot, I don t know. I have post nasal drip since surgery and mucus gets in there. I can t find the bottom and scared to probe much. Should I worry about this?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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ENT Specialist 's  Response
Aug 2013
hello and welcome to HCM,

As far as the tonsil surgery is concerned, a stitch or a burning (technically it is called cautery or diathermy) is just a temporary method of controlling bleeding and the healing takes place by granulation tissue.

Furthermore unlike other surgeries, the tonsils are not removed by cutting open anything and then suturing. Tonsils are superficial structures and do not need any cutting technically to reach so what i am trying to explain is that the stitches are not to close a path made. They are only done for control of bleeding and in most of the cases the stitch falls off.

Meanwhile, all these are only for your knowledge and not a solution to your problem. You need to stop meddling with the cut and consult an ENT immediately so that he can examine the cut and treat the same properly.

Some amount of post nasal discharge is possible after tonsil surgery but if it is constant and more you need to get yourself evaluated by the ENT to rule out a sinus problem and/or a reflux problem and get treated according to the results

take care

Dr Sriram Nathan
ps: You must remember that a tonsillectomy will not guarantee that you will never get another infection! It will only make sure that you will not get recurrent infection and also even if you get an infection, it will not be very severe.
Answered: Fri, 23 Aug 2013
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