What is a Tonsillectomy?
A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that involves removing the tonsils, which are oval-shaped pads of tissue located at the back of the throat. It is typically performed to treat sleep-disordered breathing or recurrent tonsillitis that doesn't respond to other treatments. The surgery may also be necessary for breathing difficulties, enlarged tonsils, or rare diseases related to the tonsils.
Recovery time for a tonsillectomy is usually around 10 days to two weeks. Risks associated with the procedure include reactions to anesthesia, swelling, bleeding during surgery or healing, and rare cases of infection. It is important to follow preoperative instructions, and after the surgery, expect common issues such as throat pain, mild fever, and swelling. Proper pain management, rest, and a soft diet can aid in recovery.
At Schneck Medical Center, we provide guidance to individuals interested in undergoing a tonsillectomy, ensuring they have access to the necessary information, preoperative instructions, and postoperative care.