Tonsils are twin masses of tissue at the base of the neck that sometimes become problematic and merit removal. In the past, and for small children, removal of tonsils was because of the recurring, chronic or sever infection of the twin masses (tonsillitis) that caused complications such as difficulty swallowing, fever, sore throat, etc. While this is still the major reason why tonsils are removed, today they may be removed for other factors such as complications of enlarged tonsils, bleeding of the tonsils, and other exotic and rare diseases of the tonsils. When other treatments do not bear fruit, tonsil removal may be the last course of action. This requires a tonsillectomy.
Tonsil removal surgery or tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils to alleviate the symptoms associated with the problematic tonsils. Tonsil removal is a straightforward procedure that rarely presents any complications. Although tonsil removal in children is more delicate, tonsil removal in adults also carries a small amount of risk, especially with regards to risks inherent to any typical invasive surgery. The procedure takes about an hour and may employ any of a number of different surgical techniques and technologies. Traditional tonsillectomies, however, involve the use of a cutting instrument and forceps to cut out the tonsils.
When you come in for a traditional tonsillectomy, you will go through the following process:
Possible side effects and complications include:
After your tonsillectomy you will need to monitor the wound to ensure there’s no bleeding or infection. In case you do notice any bleeding or come down with a fever, notify the doctor immediately.
To find out more about our Traditional Tonsillectomy service, visit L.A. Sinus & Allergy Specialists offices located at 1701 E Cesar Chavez Ave Suite 560, Los Angeles, CA 90033-2425, or book an appointment by calling (323) 226-0022 today.