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
  • enflamed, swollen tonsils
  • fever
  • white or yellow coating on the tonsils
  • sleep apnea
  • difficulty swallowing
  • recurrent/chronic strep throat
  • stomach ache (mostly in children)

 

What Is a Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils, two fleshy lumps on opposite sides of the throat. Tonsils help fight off bacteria and viruses that enter the mouth, but can become infected or obstructive. 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 an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, a member of our skilled surgeons removes the tonsils using heat, a surgical tool, or scalpel. After the tonsils have been removed the patient is sent to a recovery room. Once they wake, they will be able to go home (please note: due to the effects of the anesthetic, you will need someone to drive you home after this procedure). Complete recovery for a tonsillectomy may take 1-2 weeks.

Post Surgery

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

Long-Term Outlook

  • fewer strep infections
  • fewer sore throats
  • less chance of airway obstruction & sleep apnea

For more information on tonsil removal surgery, call Excel ENT of Alabama at (205) 988-6858 or use our handy contact form.