WHAT IS A TONSILLECTOMY?
A tonsillectomy involves the surgical removal of the tonsils. This is most commonly performed for recurrent tonsillitis, but can also be undertaken for snoring, sleep apnoea or tumours of the tonsil.
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
A tonsillectomy is performed under a general anaesthetic, and usually takes around 30 minutes. A specially designed instrument holds the mouth open to provide access to the back of the throat. The tonsils are then removed, preserving the normal muscles of the throat and palate.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTERWARDS?
Tonsillectomy is usually performed as a day case procedure, and most patients go home the same day. It is recommended that people eat a normal diet while recovering from surgery. Pain killers will be prescribed after the operation to control the discomfort, which can last up to 2 weeks. A small number of people experience bleeding after a tonsillectomy. If this happens it is recommended that patients attend the nearest emergency department for assessment.
Further information on tonsillitis and tonsillectomy from ENT UK is available here.