Tonsillectomy Surgery in Kondapur, Hyderabad
The removal of tonsils from the throat is known as tonsillectomy. Tonsils are a pair of soft tissue like structures at the back of the throat which are part of the body’s immune system. Tonsils contain white blood cells which prevent germs and bacteria to enter from the mouth. These tonsils swell up when they get infected due to viral or bacterial infection.
What is tonsillitis?
As the tonsils are the body’s first line of defence if the bacteria or virus is entering from the mouth, they become susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. Due to these infections, the tonsils start to swell, cause pain and cause discomfort while eating or drinking. This is known as tonsillitis. A person suffering from Tonsillitis may take 8-10 days to recover fully with the help of medicines and proper care. However, if tonsillitis keeps on recurring in the person a lot more frequently, the doctor may recommend tonsillectomy for the patient. The frequency could be – at least seven incidents in the preceding year, at least five incidents a year in the past two years or at least three incidents a year in the past three years. Due to the frequent nature of these episodes, the doctor may advise to remove the tonsils completely.
What is tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is the removal of tonsils due to underlying problems in the tonsils. Tonsillectomy is done due to recurring tonsillitis – inflammation of tonsils due to viral infection. Other complications include bleeding of tonsils. Tonsillectomy is also performed for cases of sleep apnoea or loud snoring while sleeping. The swollen tonsils become a hindrance in breathing by blocking the nasal passage, thus posing a problem for sleep apnoea cases.
The procedure for tonsillectomy includes a method by which the surgeon removes the infected tonsils with the help of a scalpel. The surgeon may use another method under which tonsils’ tissue is burned away. This method is called cauterization.
What are the risks of tonsillectomy surgery?
- Some of the risks which the patient may face include swelling of the tongue or the roof of the mouth that may cause breathing problems.
- Some other risks include infection or allergic reaction to anaesthesia which may lead to headache, nausea, vomiting or soreness
- Bleeding during the procedure or healing process that may lead to further treatment
Recovery from tonsillectomy surgery
After the surgery you may experience pain in the throat, ears, neck or jaw for a few days. Nausea, vomiting or fever are also common symptoms after the surgery.
The doctor may suggest medication for the discomfort and pain. Intake of plenty of fluids is also recommended to avoid dehydration. Bed rest is also advised for the first few days.
When should you see the doctor at Apollo Spectra, Kondapur?
Immediately contact the doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Bleeding or spotting from the nose or in the saliva
- Fever that is above 101 degrees
- Severe dehydration leading to headaches, dizziness, weakness, reduced urination etc
- Difficulty in breathing
Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kondapur
Call 1860-500-2244 to book an appointment
Tonsillectomy is the surgical procedure performed to treat or remove infected tonsils from the throat. Tonsillitis is an infection treated during surgery that can cause soreness of the throat and swelling in tonsils. It can also be performed to treat sleep apnea at times.
Your voice may sound different after the surgery for a while. It may take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks for your voice to go back to normal.
Swallowing food or liquids after the surgery can be painful for a while. But it is not recommended to stop eating or drinking after the surgery. Pain medication may be prescribed to help you deal with the pain.
It is advised that you sleep on an elevated pillow after the surgery for about 3-4 days to reduce swelling.