Do You Need a Tonsillectomy?

Your parents and grandparents may have had their tonsils removed whether they were having problems or not. Nowadays, tonsils are not taken out unless there is a very good reason. Here is some more information on tonsils and tonsillectomies, and how one may help you. 

Why are tonsillectomies performed?

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, which are located at the back of the throat. Tonsils may be removed because they are enlarged and causing complications, are bleeding, or because of frequent tonsillitis – an inflammation of the tonsils that leads to frequent sore throats and difficulty swallowing. “Frequent tonsillitis” is defined as seven episodes in the previous year, five episodes a year in the past 2 years, or three episodes a year in the past 3 years. Enlarged tonsils can also cause difficulty breathing. This can lead to obstructive sleep apnea, in which sleep is disrupted by difficulty breathing. A tonsillectomy may also be recommended if the patient has infections of the tonsils that don’t improve with antibiotic medications. 

What can I expect during a tonsillectomy?

Most tonsillectomies are done as an outpatient procedure, which means you won’t have to stay at the hospital overnight. You should make arrangements for someone to drive you home afterwards. The patient is given general anesthesia, and the tonsils are removed using either a surgical tool or a tool that uses radio-frequency energy that will destroy the tonsils. 

After your tonsils are removed, your throat may hurt for 1 to 2 weeks, and you may have pain in the jaw or neck. Your tongue may swell, and you may feel like there is something stuck in your throat. It is important to get a lot of rest after the procedure, avoid strenuous exercise, and drink lots of fluids. Typically, a full recovery takes 10 to 14 days. 

A tonsillectomy is a commonly performed procedure that can help patients sleep better, breathe better, and feel better! If you are having trouble with your throat or trouble sleeping, call Lakeside Allergy ENT. Call (972) 771-5443 today for an appointment at the Rockwall, Forney, or Wylie office.

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