Tonsil removal (tonsillectomy)
The palatine tonsils are a mass of lymphoid tissue on both sides of the throat. Tonsillitis, popularly known as angina, is inflammation due to infection of the tonsils. Tonsillitis can be acute or chronic. An acute form refers to tonsillitis of abrupt onset characterized by high-grade fever and severe pain in the throat. Chronic tonsillitis develops due to persistent inflammation of the tonsils, and it is diagnosed in children when it occurs 3-4 times a year. Due to chronic tonsillitis, the tonsils can become enlarged and it can lead to swallowing difficulty or snoring with sleep apnea episodes.
Chronic tonsillitis is treated only by a surgical approach known as a tonsillectomy.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia. Time in surgery is 40 minutes on the average. During the procedure, the surgeon removes the palatine tonsils through the mouth with a special tool.
What Should Be Known After Surgery?
- The patient should follow a special diet for 10 days after the procedure: eating fruits (except bananas), honey, and chocolate as well as drinking carbonated beverages and fruit juices are discouraged;
- After the surgery, ice cream can be eaten because it serves as a local pain reliever;
- After this procedure, nose stuffiness may be experienced for the period of a few days to several weeks.