During a tonsillectomy, the tonsils are surgically removed. The tonsils are glands located on either side of the opening to the throat. When inflamed or enlarged, they can cause infections and obstruct breathing.
Conditions Treated with a Tonsillectomy:
A tonsillectomy is utilized to treat tonsillitis, tonsil abscess and enlarged tonsils.
In some cases, tonsillitis can be treated with antibiotics. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to a tonsillectomy.
Anesthesia with a Tonsillectomy:
A tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from a Tonsillectomy:
Possible risks following a tonsillectomy include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients also experience extreme sore throat after the procedure.
Prognosis after a Tonsillectomy:
The prognosis for a positive end result following a tonsillectomy is excellent.
Recovery from a Tonsillectomy:
Total recovery from a tonsillectomy takes one to two weeks.