Tonsils – Tonsillitis – Tonsillectomy

Questions

  • Do you get frequent sore throats?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you get frequent throat or tonsil infections?
  • Do you often feel large food get stuck in your throat?
  • Do you spit or pick out smelly stones from your throat?
  • Have you had an abscess around yourtonsil?

 

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About Tonsils

  • The tonsils are two soft tissue pads located on both sides of the back of the throat.
  • Adenoids are located high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. 

 

Solutions

  • Removal of the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy. 
    • Tonsils are removed when:

1. They become enlarged and lead to breathing difficulty and snoring

2. Tonsil infections cannot be successfully treated by antibiotics.

3. Persistent tonsil stones or tonsilloliths despite antibiotics.

  • Tonsillectomy is an outpatient surgical procedure lasting between 30 and 45 minutes and performed under general anesthesia.