Tonsils are two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat that are thought to play an important part in a young child’s immunity. Tonsils work by capturing any bacteria, viruses or fungi, which quickly triggers the body’s immune response.
When tonsils are constantly infected and inflamed, they may cause problems in the throat or middle ear. Besides infections (called tonsillitis), inflamed tonsils may cause speech and breathing problems as well as rare diseases of the tonsils.
Adenoids are situated near the tonsils, at the opening of the Eustachian tubes, and are also vulnerable to inflammation and infection. Enlarged adenoids may block these drainage tubes, contributing to middle ear infection
Removal of tonsils and adenoids – called tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy — are frequently performed in tandem as they address similar issues. This is an inpatient procedure under general anesthesia and takes about two hours.
Tonsillectomy in adults and children are necessary for different reasons. Children need the surgery mostly for frequent and recurrent infections. For adults, the surgery relieves enlarged tonsils that interfere with breathing and speech.
Plan on taking 10 days to two weeks off work/school for recovery.
The night before surgery, avoid eating anything for at least 12 hours because of anesthesia. The surgery takes about one hour. You will be discharged the same day or sent home the following day.
Most people get back to their normal activities after recovery. As with any surgery, there is a risk of reaction to anesthesia, swelling and soreness, bleeding and infection. However, for most people, tonsillectomy is an uneventful experience with no adverse effects.
While your throat heals, you will need to avoid hot or spicy foods – as they will cause throat pain. Instead, you’ll want to take cool soothing foods such as ice-cream to soothe the area. You will see your surgeon after the healing process is complete to ensure there are no complications. During this time, be very vigilant to report any bleeding or persistent numbness to your surgeon
To find out more about our Tonsillectomy service, visit Dr. Schneiderman’s office located at 215 Union Avenue – Suite C, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, or book an appointment by calling us at (908) 725-5050.