What is a Tonsillectomy?
Tonsils are two clusters of tissues located on either side of the back of your throat. They along with Adenoids (sitting on top of the tonsils behind your nose) are your body’s first line of defense against the attacking virus and bacteria. Tonsils and Adenoids may get infected, inflamed or enlarged while fighting the infections. The surgical procedure to remove the enlarged tonsil is referred to as Tonsillectomy. Children are more likely to be prescribed tonsillectomy, as enlarged tonsils are more common in children than in adults.
If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Tonsillectomy surgeons and doctors, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
Why is Tonsillectomy Performed?
If you or your child is suffering from any of the following conditions, your ENT specialist may recommend Tonsillectomy:
- Recurrent sinus and nasal infections
- Strep throat that keeps coming back in the first year even with an antibiotic therapy
- Abscesses in and around the tonsils
- Nasal obstruction caused by significantly enlarged tonsils
- Swallowing difficulties
- Recurrent ear infections
- Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Cancer of the Tonsils
What does Tonsillectomy Involve?
It is important that tonsillectomy is performed by an experienced ENT surgeon, after proper diagnosis. If your child is undergoing Tonsillectomy it is important to make him at ease by reassuring that it is a simple procedure that is essential for his/her health and well being. A child or an adult must refrain from taking aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medications a couple of weeks before undergoing surgery and must follow the instructions regarding when to stop eating or drinking prior to the surgery.
Tonsillectomy is an outpatient surgery with the patient being discharged within a few hours after the procedure. The surgery is performed under general anesthesia, the process takes anywhere between 30 to 45 minutes and the patient is likely to recover within 10 days. Several different procedures to remove the tonsils are available including dissection, cauterization or ultrasonic vibrations. Anesthesia ensures the procedure is painless.
Post Op Care
Usually the patient is discharged within a few hours after surgery; however, children with obstructive sleep apnea may need to be admitted overnight to monitor their breathing. Some patients may experience vomiting or nausea after the surgery. It is important that the patient is kept well hydrated. Soft diet is recommended in the early recovery period. The swelling from the surgery may cause breathing problems, and pain may be experienced. If the patient has any bleeding from the mouth or nose, the doctor must be notified promptly.
What are the Benefits of Tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is a rather quick surgical procedure that offers effective treatment of many conditions caused by infected or enlarged tonsils. Most patients start experiencing the positive effects of the surgery as early as two weeks after the surgery. Following are some of the benefits of tonsillectomy:
- Significantly decreased risks of recurring throat and sinus infections
- Improved breathing in daytime as well as during sleep
- Improvement in Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Effective defense against malignant tumors in the tonsils
Tonsillectomy or Tonsil Removal Surgery is an effective way to treat tonsillitis and some other upper respiratory diseases and disorders. If you have been experiencing any of the related symptoms, a thorough evaluation by an experienced otolaryngologist is required. If you are looking for a dependable ENT clinic to access top-quality Tonsillectomy surgeons and doctors, Eastside ENT Specialists in Ohio is the right place for you. Call us at 440-352-1474 to set up an appointment with a board-certified ENT Doctor in Concord, Willoughby, or Madison.
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