Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side. Tonsils may become enlarged after frequent or persistent infections, or they may be naturally large. A tonsillectomy may be used to treat the following problems caused or complicated by enlarged tonsils such as difficulty breathing, disrupted breathing during sleep, difficulty in swallowing
HOW IS TONSILLECTOMY DIAGNOSED?
The pedestrian or the child specialist may ask the child to have:
• Blood tests (complete blood count, electrolytes, and clotting factors)
• A physical exam and medical history
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?
It is also known as Tonsils removal, Tonsillitis - tonsillectomy, Pharyngitis - tonsillectomy, Sore throat - tonsillectomy