What is a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils are glands made from lymph tissue, found at the back of the throat.

 

Why is it performed?

This procedure is done if the tonsils are recurrently infected, enlarged and causing upper airway obstruction or asymmetrically enlarged. Tonsillitis is an illness whereby the tonsils become infected and the patient shows symptoms of fever, sore throat, trouble swallowing and swollen glands.

 

How should I prepare for the procedure?

Tonsillectomy is always performed under general anaesthetic in a hospital. You will be given specific instructions before your date of surgery instructing you when to stop eating/drinking and specific medication that may be needed before or after surgery. 

 

What can I expect after the surgery?

After the surgery you will be monitored on the ward for a few hours before discharge usually on the same day. We pay very careful attention to managing your pain after the procedure.  It is essential that you continue to eat normally after the procedure. This helps reduce the potential of post-operative complications such as infection and bleeding.