Recovering from throat surgery such as tonsillectomy, uvuloplasty, and or base of tongue surgery can be excruciating. There is no pain therapy that is out of bounds. I give 12 mg Decadron intra operatively and generously inject Exparel into the operated on area.
Topically Gelclair can be very helpful. It forms a barrier (similar to but also superior to Carafate). Magic mouth rinse with topical anethestics or Numbing throat sprays (Chloraseptic) can be temporarily helpful.
I personally use 10 mg of ocycontin po q 12, Lortab Elixir, Motrin Elixir and Amoxacillin or Zithromax Elixir. A Medrol Dose pack can be utilziled. Toradol can also be helpful, although bleeding risk must be considered.