Tonsillectomy

The doctors at Excel ENT of Alabama specialize in tonsillectomy, or tonsil removal surgery, for treatment of tonsillitis and recurrent strep throat in adults and children.

 

Symptoms of Tonsillitis

  • difficulty breathing
  • sleep apena
  • difficulty swallowing
  • recurrent strep throat

 

What is a Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils help fight off bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth. A tonsillectomy may be needed to treat tonsillitis, sleep apnea or breathing difficulty due to enlarged tonsils.

 

How is a Tonsillectomy Performed?

A tonsillectomy is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a member of our skilled surgical team removes the tonsils using heat, surgical tool or scalpel. After the tonsils have been removed the patient is sent to a recovery room. Once they awake, they will be able to go home. Complete recovery for a tonsillectomy may take 1-2 weeks.

Post Surgery

Pain and a sore throat is almost always experienced after having the tonsils removed. Follow the post-surgery guidelines given to you be your doctor.

 

Long-Term Outlook

  • less strep infections
  • less sore throats

For more information on tonsil removal surgery, contact Excel ENT of Alabama at (205) 988-6858 or email us.