A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of the tonsils, which are two small soft tissue masses located at the back of the throat.
The tonsils play an important role in the body’s immune system, but they can sometimes become infected or enlarged, leading to various health issues.
When is a Tonsillectomy Needed?
Doctor may recommend this procedure for many reasons, such as:
· Addressing breathing-related sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.
· Minimizing the risk of infection in individuals who frequently experience tonsillitis or have chronic tonsillitis.
· To treat complications of enlarged tonsils.
· To treat bleeding tonsils.
Before starting surgery, you will be provided with general anesthesia, meaning you’ll be asleep during the procedure.
For the removal of tonsils, the surgeon will usually follow these steps:
1. Once the anesthetic takes effect, your surgeon will gently open your mouth and will use a special instrument to hold it open, allowing the surgeon to have access to the tonsils.
2. Your surgeon will use a scalpel, or a different specialized tool, like a laser, to remove your tonsils.
3. After the tonsils are removed, your surgeon may cauterize the area to stop and prevent any excessive bleeding.
Generally, a tonsillectomy can take between 20 and 30 minutes, but there might be cases where the procedures could take longer. This is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll return home on the same as surgery.
Generally, a tonsillectomy can take between 20 to 30 minutes, but there might be cases where the procedures could take longer. This is typically an outpatient procedure, meaning you’ll return home on the same as surgery.
Recovery After Surgery
After getting your tonsils removed you will experience:
· Moderate to severe throat pain that lasts one to two weeks.
· Difficulty speaking.
· Mild bleeding
Your doctor will recommend you drink plenty of fluids during your recovery. Bland foods will also be recommended as they are easy to swallow.
Foods such as ice cream, smoothies, pudding, broth, and mashed potatoes can be good options during recovery. Foods that are acidic, spicy, and hard should be avoided since they can cause bleeding and pain.
If you begin to experience symptoms such as excessive bleeding, signs of dehydration, and difficulty breathing, contact your doctor as soon as possible.