Tonsil Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy Procedure) in Rockwall, Forney & Wylie
At Lakeside Allergy ENT, we provide a wide range of treatments for all types of ear, nose, and throat conditions, including many of the latest advances in ENT treatments such as a tonsillectomy (tonsil removal surgery). Our ENT doctors serve patients of all ages at our three convenient locations in Rockwall, Forney, and Wylie TX.
If you suffer from tonsil infection or sleep apnea, contact us today. Our board-certified otolaryngologists have years of experience performing ENT procedures, including tonsillectomies.
Request an appointment using the form on this page, or learn more about tonsil removal surgery below.
What are the tonsils?
The tonsils are two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat. They are considered the immune system’s first line of defense against bacteria and viruses that enter the body. Tonsils produce certain types of disease-fighting white blood cells that fight off infection. But tonsils are particularly vulnerable to infection and inflammation, and when they become inflamed, a surgery called tonsillectomy may be recommended.
What is a tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is a tonsil removal surgery, which is most often performed on children because the immune system function of tonsils is most active before puberty. Compared to an adult, a child’s system has had less exposure to bacteria and viruses and has yet to develop immunities to them.
Tonsil removal surgery is one of the most common procedures in children in the United States. Often, the adenoids, which have a similar function and are located very near the tonsils, are removed at the same time as the tonsils, in a procedure called an adenoidectomy. Today, while the incidence of childhood tonsil removal surgery has decreased from the 1950s, there are more tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies performed in adults, to help with conditions such as chronic snoring and sleep apnea.
When is a tonsil removal surgery recommended?
An ENT doctor may recommend tonsil removal surgery due to:
- Repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis
- Tonsillitis that does not respond well to medications and other conservative therapies
- Recurrent adenoiditis
- Multiple bouts of tonsillar abscess (a collection of pus behind a tonsil)
- Tonsil stones (tonsilloliths)
- Complications of enlarged tonsils, including difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing, and disrupted breathing during sleep, such as sleep apnea
What does a tonsillectomy procedure involve?
During a tonsillectomy, you can expect the following:
- The operation will be done under general anesthesia, so the patient will experience no discomfort
- The procedure may be done in a surgical center or in a hospital
- Tonsils will be removed using either surgical tools or radio-frequency energy, depending upon your needs
- After the procedure, the patient will receive medication to reduce pain and swelling in the throat
- Patients will typically go home on the same day as the surgery
- Complete recovery from a tonsillectomy usually takes 10-14 days
Lakeside Allergy ENT is home to three board-certified otolaryngologists who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of all ear, nose, and throat-related disorders, including tonsil infections and enlarged tonsils that require surgical treatment. If you or your child has any of the symptoms of tonsillitis or tonsil-related complications and you want to learn more about tonsil removal surgery, call our office at 972-771-5443 or get started by requesting an appointment using the form on this page.