What are they?
Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure that is performed to remove the tonsils while Adenoidectomy is an operation that is performed to remove adenoids. These procedures are usually performed on children.
Tonsils are small, round glands that are present on either side of throat. The tonsils are usually present on either side of the pharynx, or the back of the throat.
Adenoids are present where the back of the nose meets the throat. They are usually not visible when viewed the mouth without the use of special instruments. When the adenoids are enlarged they can block the airway and cause sleep-disordered breathing, or sleep apnea & also cause ear infections.
Both tonsils and adenoids could also become a source of ongoing infection.
When surgery is needed?
The doctors usually recommend either of these surgical procedures, Tonsillectomy or Adenoidectomy, when the patients suffer from the following symptoms:
Both Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy are performed under general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes around an hour or less to perform. Both these surgical procedures are performed through the patient’s mouth with no visible stitches except for a small raw patch, like a graze on either side of the throat of the patient.
In both these procedures, the surgeon will cut out the tonsils using a scalpel or a specialized surgical tool that uses high-energy heat or sound waves to destroy the issues.
Full recovery from a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy typically takes about 7 to 10 day.
The patient might experience the following after the procedure:
During the healing period time, the following measures must be considered:
Some of the risks involved are:
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