What are tonsils?
Tonsils are lumps of lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat. Lymphoid tissue traps germs and produce antibodies to fight infections.
Does our body need them?
No. The body can fight infection without tonsils. That certainly does not mean they should be removed unnecessarily.
Why remove them?
To stop the frequent infections (tonsillitis) that can cause various problems. Some children have huge tonsils that obstruct their breathing at night. Severe episodes of tonsillitis can cause an abscess in the throat. This is pus behind the tonsils and needs immediate admission to hospital for treatment. There are other reasons that sometimes necessitate the removal of tonsils. A doctor will explain to you why you need to have an operation.
How is the surgery performed?
You come to the hospital at the time determined for admission as an inpatient. The surgery is done under general anesthesia. We use special tools to keep your mouth open and remove the tonsils through your mouth, it takes about 30 minutes. You wake up in the recovery room adjacent to the operating theatre.
How long will I be in hospital?
You will go home the same day or the next if you can eat and drink and feel well enough.
Can there be problems?
Tonsillectomy surgery is very safe. However, every operation has a small risk. The most common problem is bleeding. It happens in about one in a hundred cases and is usually treated in the office. Very rarely you may need to go back for surgery. Also during surgery there is very slight chance of getting injured a tooth. Sometimes children’s voices change a little for a short time.