Tonsils and Adenoids

Tonsils and adenoids are organs in the body that help in our bodies response to infection. Fortunately the human body has multiple organs that fight infection and you are at no higher risk of infection after their removal. When they get inflamed, they cause pain, difficulty swallowing, and occasionally difficulty breathing. When they are very enlarged they contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy is one of the most widely
performed operations today.

Indications to undergo the surgery include recurrent tonsillitis and/or strep throat, obstructive sleep apnea, the presence of a mass or unusually asymmetric tonsil, and a history of peritonsillar abscess. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis unless the patient is under 3 years old whereby an overnight stay may be requested. Surgery usually takes 30 minutes. The tonsils and adenoids are removed through the mouth without and incisions on the face.

Post-operatively we ask that you drink plenty of fluids. Fluids promote healing. You are also asked to avoid sharp foods such as pretzels or chips for 2 weeks while after the surgery. Expect some discomfort, adults more than children. Temporary ear pain, voice change, and bad breath are common. Patients are prescribed a liquid pain medication and antibiotic after the surgery.