Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy
Tonsils and adenoids are similar, small pieces of tissue that keep you healthy by trapping harmful germs and fighting infection. Tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system and protect the upper respiratory tract. While you can see tonsils by opening the mouth, adenoids can not be seen through the mouth or nose, as they're located in the space above the roof of the mouth. These two glands are also susceptible to viruses and bacteria that can cause several problems, including:
- painful swelling
- sore throat
- sleep apnea
- difficulty swallowing
- difficulty breathing
- bleeding of the tonsils
- swollen lymph nodes (glands in the neck)
- noisy breathing during the day
- recurrent ear infections
- breathing through the mouth instead of the nose a majority of the time
Most tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are performed in children but it's also a treatment option for adults with chronic tonsillitis and is performed when there's a possibility of cancer or a tumor.
Am I a Good Candidate for this Procedure?
Patients with several infections of the tonsils or adenoids a year may need to have a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy if treatment with antibiotics doesn't work. These procedures remove the glands entirely, preventing further infection. The glands are removed through the mouth with no external incisions and base of the tonsils and/or adenoids are cauterized. In general, tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are very common and low-risk procedures.
What to Expect
These procedures are typically performed as an outpatient surgery with general anesthesia, and on rare occasions include an overnight hospital stay to monitor breathing and recovery. The surgery generally takes 30 minutes to an hour but the recovery from anesthesia takes several hours. After surgery, patients usually experience a sore throat that lasts for several days. This can affect how you sound, the volume of your voice and your ability to eat and drink. Complete recovery typically takes one to two weeks.
It's Time for Relief
If you suffer from a chronic infection of the tonsils and adenoids, Dr. Suresh Raja can provide a solution. Dr. Raja is an established ear, nose and throat doctor with more than 20 years of experience and has performed thousands of ENT surgeries. Contact one of Dr. Raja's office locations in the Palm Beach area to schedule an opportunity to discuss your treatment options and find out if these surgeries are right for you. You can also request an appointment online.