This surgery involves removal of the tonsils. The tonsils are lymph tissues located on each side in the back of the throat.
The tonsils are made of lymph tissues and are located on each side in the back of the throat. The surgical removal of the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy. Frequently the adenoids (also made up of lymph tissues) are removed at the same time as the tonsils. This is called a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, or T and A. People sometimes need these surgeries if:
A tonsillectomy is more often performed in children than adults. This is because tonsil problems usually improve as a child gets older. In addition, tonsils tend to shrink over time.
A tonsillectomy is an outpatient surgery that is usually done by an ear, nose and throat surgeon. Prior to the surgery, tell your child's healthcare provider about any medications your child is taking (including over-the-counter medications and supplements). Ask about specific directions that should be followed before the surgery. These may include:
During your surgery, your child will have anesthesia to keep him or her comfortable and pain free.
After a few hours, your child should be able to go home. Decreased activity and avoiding anyone with an upper respiratory infection may be recommended. Also, make sure your child gets enough fluids while recovering. For a few days it is best to eat soft foods and drink cool, non-acidic beverages. Pain medication may also be needed.
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