A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils are two small glands located in the back of your throat. Tonsils house white blood cells to help you fight infection, but sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected. Tonsillitis and the need for tonsillectomies are more common in children than adults. However, people of any age can experience trouble with their tonsils and require surgery.
HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY DIAGNOSED?
The condition of tonsillitis is common in children and adults. If you've had at least seven cases of tonsillitis or strep in the last year, talk to your doctor about whether a tonsillectomy is an option for you.
HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY TREATED?
As a preparation for the surgery, you will have to stop taking anti-inflammatory medicines at least a two weeks before surgery. You’ll also need to fast after midnight before your tonsillectomy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Tonsillectomy can also treat other medical problems, including:
• breathing problems related to swollen tonsils
• frequent and loud snoring
• periods in which you stop breathing during sleep, or sleep apnea
• bleeding of the tonsils
• trouble swallowing chewy foods, especially meats
• cancer of the tonsils