A tonsillectomy is the removal of your tonsils. Your tonsils are located in the back of your throat. Tonsils are part of your body’s immune system, but removing them does not increase your risk for infection.
Why is a Tonsillectomy done?
There are several reasons for a tonsillectomy. The two most common reasons are if:
Your tonsils are causing difficulty in breathing during sleep. This is often seen as frequent snoring.
You have throat infections that keep coming back (6 or more times in a year), with infected and swollen tonsils (tonsillitis).
Who gets tonsillectomies?
Who gets Tonsillectomies?
Electrocautery: This method uses heat to remove the tonsils and stop any bleeding.
Cold knife (steel) dissection: The tonsils are removed with a scalpel. Bleeding is then stopped with sutures or with electrocautery (extreme heat).
Harmonic scalpel: This method uses ultrasonic vibrations to cut and stop bleeding from the tonsils at the same time.
Other methods include the use of radiofrequency ablation techniques, a carbon dioxide laser and/or a microdebrider.
Recovery and Outlook
How long is the healing process after a tonsillectomy?
Healing after a tonsillectomy can be different for each person:
What should you eat after a tonsillectomy?
After a tonsillectomy, a key to recovery is making sure that you drink enough fluids. Soft and/or cool foods often are easiest for about one week, but you may feel free to add things to your diet as long as you can tolerate the foods. You should still avoid hard and spicy foods.
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Doctors & Hospitals
Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI), Gurgaon
Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Gurgaon
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Although it may seem like only children need to have their tonsils taken out, adults may also benefit from having their tonsils removed.
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