Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of your tonsils and is one of the most common surgical procedures carried out in the world. This is often a last-resort treatment for recurrent tonsillitis, airway obstructions, snoring and abscesses that may form around the tonsils as a consequence of prolonged tonsillitis.
The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and your mouth will be held open during the procedure to allow the surgeon optimal access.
The actual technology used to remove the tonsils and potentially the surrounding tissues can vary significantly from older methods such as the use of surgical incision, or more modern methods such as lasers, ultrasound, cold ablation (using cold to destroy tissues) or diathermy (using heat to do likewise). The specific method used will depend on the surgeon and clinic in which the procedure takes place though it is important to note that each method has similar results in terms of safety and clinical outcomes. The particular method employed will largely depend on the surgeon’s training and familiarity with carrying out the procedure with particular equipment.
It is worth consulting with friends or family who may have undergone the procedure in order to allay any fears you may have. Additionally, many people find that it helps to talk through the procedure with the surgeon who is going to perform it to establish an accurate idea of what they can expect.
Immediately after the procedure and for one or two weeks afterwards you may experience pain and irritation at the site of the operation. If this is severe you may also experience pain swallowing and chewing, though this can be alleviated using over the counter painkillers. If you find that you lose weight due to the degree of discomfort experienced while eating it is recommended you seek medical attention.
It is also important to drink plenty of fluids while avoiding juices and other acidic substances. You should also practice good oral hygiene in order to reduce the chances of infection and some clinics detail specific mouthwashes and rinses for postoperative use.
Additionally many people experience earache due to the anatomical proximity of the tonsils and ears. This isn’t a cause for concern though if severe it may be worth consulting a healthcare professional for pain relief.
Some people experience bleeds after the operation, and while this is similar to earache in that it isn’t necessarily a cause for concern if they persist after a week or two or are particularly severe it is recommended to seek medical intervention.
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