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Even though it is an illness that mostly happens to children, anyone can suffer from tonsillitis. Snoring, trouble breathing, sore throat, sleep apnea, they are all symptoms of this disease. Usually, it is treated with medicine, but if it affects a person multiple times a year, a better solution would be to have a tonsillectomy.
The tonsils are a couple of small glands located in the back of the throat. Their main role is to supply the body with local immunity, producing white blood cells to fight infections. Unfortunately, sometimes they get infected themselves. From a red color, they turn white and give a plethora of nasty symptoms to the patient. If this type of infection is recurring and happens too often, it is easier to have a tonsillectomy.
A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which these glands are removed so they won’t get infected anymore.
A tonsillectomy is one of the easiest surgical procedures out there. The patient is put under general anesthesia, so he won’t feel any pain. He will be given both a mask anesthetic and an intravenous one. His vital signs will be carefully watched to ensure that the surgery goes smooth. The surgeon does not need to make any external incisions. When the patient has fallen asleep, the doctor will open his mouth and he will carefully cut the tonsils with a scalpel. After cutting them out, he will use a tool to cauterize the base of the tonsils to stop bleeding and ensure no tissue is left behind, as tonsils can actually regrow. After this, the procedure is done.
There are a lot of benefits to getting a tonsillectomy:
Since it is such an easy and common surgery, tonsillectomies don’t have a long recovery period. This is an outpatient procedure. After the patient wakes up from his anesthesia, he is free to go home. He needs to stay hydrated, but he will have a sore throat for a few days. The patient should drink water slowly and eat broths, oatmeal, pudding, applesauce, so he doesn’t damage his throat. Hard and spicy foods should not be eaten during the first several days after a tonsillectomy. Resting is very important for the healing process, so the patient should take time off from work for two weeks after the procedure.
Although it is a common surgery, it has some risks too. With this said, they are easily treatable. The patient may get an infection, may experience bleeding in the throat, his throat might get swollen and pain won’t subside weeks after surgery, some people have changed voices after the surgery. In extremely rare cases, because the bases of the tonsils weren’t properly cauterized, the tonsils grew back.
Continuously having problems with a throat infection can really lower the comfort and enjoyment of life for someone. Be it a child or an adult, we realize how stressful it can be to constantly get sick, so that is why you should call Marina del Rey Hospital at 888.600.5600 and make an appointment with one of our doctors.
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