The tonsils are two tiny glands in the back of the throat. Tonsils contain white blood cells that help you fight infection, but they can also become contaminated.
Tonsillitis is a tonsil infection that causes your tonsils to swell and cause a sore throat. You could need a tonsillectomy if you experience frequent bouts of tonsillitis.
What is Tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils, which are two oval-shaped tissue pads at the back of the throat, one on each side.
Tonsillectomy was previously a standard treatment for treating tonsil infection and irritation (tonsillitis). A tonsillectomy is now most commonly used to treat sleep apnea, however, it may still be used if tonsillitis recurs frequently or does not respond to alternative therapies.
What is the purpose of a tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is performed for a variety of reasons. The following are the two most common reasons:
- Your tonsils are obstructing your breathing as you sleep. Snoring is a common symptom of this.
- You have recurring throat infections (6 or more times per year), as well as inflamed and enlarged tonsils (tonsillitis).
Who gets tonsillectomies?
Although it may appear that tonsils are solely removed in children, adults may also benefit from having their tonsils removed.
Procedure for Tonsillectomy
Tonsils can be removed in a variety of methods. Your surgeon will use a scalpel to remove your tonsils in this scenario.
Another frequent approach for tonsillectomy is cauterization, which involves burning away the tissues. In some tonsillectomy techniques, ultrasonic vibration (sound waves) is also used. Tonsillectomies take roughly a half-hour to complete.
The dangers of a tonsillectomy
Tonsillectomy is a common and common procedure. However, like with all procedures, there are some dangers associated with this one. These include the following:-
- Anaesthetic-induced oedema,
- infection, and
Recovery from a tonsillectomy
During the recovery period after a tonsillectomy, patients may experience some discomfort. Following surgery, you may experience a painful throat. You may also experience discomfort in your jaw, ears, or neck. Rest well, especially in the first two to three days following surgery.