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Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. Tonsils are glands located on both sides of the opening to the throat) that serve as protection against infections. When the tonsils become enlarged or inflamed, they can cause infections in the throat and the ear and can obstruct breathing. Enlarged adenoids (lymphatic tissue located in the back of the throat) can also obstruct breathing and can be removed at this time (called an adenoidectomy). An ear, nose and throat surgeon (ENT) performs the operation, usually in an outpatient setting....more »
Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy): A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils.
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The prognosis for a good medical outcome: The prognosis is excellent.
What is Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)? A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils in the back of the throat. The tonsils are part of the lymphatic system and help protect you from infection by trapping germs that may enter through your nose or mouth. Sometimes during tonsillectomy, the adenoids, also part of the lymphatic system, may be removed as well....more »
Who are candidates for Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)? Tonsillectomy may be recommended if you:
What are alternatives to Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)? Initially, tonsillitis may be treated with antibiotics. Surgery is considered after you and your doctor have determined that tonsillectomy is appropriate for you....more »
How do you prepare for Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)? Prior to any surgery, your doctor will give you a complete medical examination and evaluate your overall health and your health history. You may be required to get additional tests such as X-rays and lab tests. Your doctor will also review with you the potential risks and benefits of the operation and will ask you to sign a consent form. It is important that you ask questions and be sure you understand the reason for the surgery as well as the risks.
It is important that you inform your doctor if you have allergies to any medications, what medications you are taking, and if you have bleeding problems. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are pregnant.
Your doctor will also give you specific instructions on how to prepare for surgery, including guidelines on eating and drinking, smoking, taking or avoiding certain vitamins and medications. Carefully following these instructions will help your surgery go more smoothly.
Depending on the circumstances of your surgery, you may be instructed to do the following:
What is the Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy) recovery process? You may go home later that day or stay in the hospital overnight and go home the next day, depending on your condition. You will have a sore throat and be uncomfortable for about seven to ten days. It will hurt to swallow. Spend this time at home and avoid all strenuous activity for at least two weeks.
Ask your doctor about what else you can do to have a successful recovery and schedule a follow-up appointment....more »
Recovery period for Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy): One to two weeks.
What is the cost of Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)? A variety of factors may influence the cost of the surgery. They include:
These factors vary depending on you and your situation.
The cost of each procedure can vary dramatically based upon age, location, gender, and insurance coverage. HealthGrades provides detailed cost estimates which include the costs of the procedure, drugs, hospital stay, and more. Each cost estimate is easy to understand and provides medical terms you need to know.
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Where can I find a Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy) doctor or surgeon? Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy) is typically performed by doctors specializing in Otolaryngology. Nationally, there are 10647 practicing Otolaryngologists. HealthGrades offers detailed physician reports to help you find a qualified Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy) doctor or surgeon in your area, which includes disciplinary actions, patient feedback, background information, and more. Start your search now!
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