Tonsillectomy is a surgical process to remove tonsils, the small glands that are located at the back of the throat and help in fighting infections. In some people, the tonsils very frequently get infected themselves and this leads to severe pain in the throat along with other signs such as difficulty in swallowing and severe pain. Other symptoms include fever and swollen lymph nodes. Considering tonsillectomy is helpful in this case.
HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis is done by an ENT who does a regular throat checkup followed with tissue scan if needed check for otters diseases.
HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY TREATED?
The surgery is done while the child is under general anesthesia. The child will be asleep and pain-free. The surgeon will place a small tool into the child's mouth to hold it open. The surgeon then cuts, burns, or shaves away the tonsils. The wounds heal naturally without stitches. After surgery, the child will stay in the recovery room until he or she is awake and can breathe easily, cough, and swallow. Most children go home several hours after this surgery.
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