Are you tired of your tonsils repeatedly getting inflamed? A tonsillectomy offers the lasting relief you need. This quick outpatient procedure will have you feeling better in no time. Find an ENT physician near you to start the process.

What Is a Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy involves removing the tonsils surgically. Tonsils are glands in the back of the throat that produce infection-fighting white blood cells. This procedure is most commonly performed on children.

When Is a Tonsillectomy Recommended?

Although tonsils are designed to fight infection, they’re often susceptible to infection. Tonsillitis occurs when the tonsils become infected and inflamed, causing a range of symptoms:

Sore throat
Difficult swallowing or painful swallowing
Swollen glands

Doctors typically recommend a tonsillectomy when a patient suffers from:

Frequent tonsillitis that doesn’t improve with medication
Frequent tonsillar abscesses (pus formation behind one or both tonsils)
Tonsil stones
Enlarged tonsils that cause further health problems
Trouble breathing
Sleep apnea
Bad breath

How Is a Tonsillectomy Performed?

Tonsillectomy surgery is a common outpatient procedure performed in either a hospital or another surgical facility that typically takes less than an hour to complete. The ENT will put you under a general anesthetic and remove your tonsils using surgical instruments. Once you wake from the anesthesia, you can head home the same day.

4 Benefits of Getting a Tonsillectomy

If you’re wondering whether getting a tonsillectomy is worth it, consider these benefits:

You’ll no longer develop tonsillitis
Your pain and discomfort will be reduced
You’ll have permanent symptoms relief
A tonsillectomy is a low-risk procedure with a quick recovery time

How Should I Prepare for a Tonsillectomy?

Our ENTs recommend completing the following checklist before heading to the medical facility for your tonsillectomy:

Know your tolerance for and any reactions to anesthesia
Note any medication allergies
Note any medications and supplements you take
Ask for time off of work or school
Ask a family member or friend to transport you to and from the medical facility
Don’t eat on the day of your procedure. Some doctors also ask you not to drink liquids, including water.

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