Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure for the removal of the tonsils. It is most commonly done in children but there are some adults who may require the procedure.
Why Tonsillectomy is Performed
Tonsillectomy may be recommended if a person has any of the following:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Obstructed breathing during sleep
- Throat infections or throat abscesses that keep returning despite antibiotics treatment
- Hearing loss caused by infection of the inner earHow the Procedure is PerformedThe procedure is done in an operating theatre by an ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon under anaesthesia. It usually lasts for about 30 minutes.
How to Prepare For the Procedure
You will be asked not to eat 8 hours before the surgery. Blood work will also be done to be sure that you are fit for surgery.
During the Procedure
You may be placed under anaesthesia so you won’t feel a thing
After the Procedure
You may experience soreness for some days and eat only liquid food. Your doctor will give you specific instructions regarding your recovery.
The commonest risks are bleeding, blockage of the airway by blood clots, narrowing of the nasopharynx and pulmonary oedema