A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. The tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue on either side of the back of the throat, work to fight off bacteria and viruses. Because of this, your tonsils are susceptible to infection and inflammation that could cause problems to your health and comfort. if you experience any of these problems, it might be time to talk with your doctor about a tonsillectomy.
Problems with Tonsils
A common problem in children, tonsillitis is the infection of the tonsils. Frequent tonsillitis, meaning, more than 5-6 episodes in a year, more than four episodes over two consecutive years, or more than three episodes over three consecutive years, could require a tonsillectomy to treat. A tonsillectomy might also be required when a bacterial infection causing tonsillitis doesn’t improve with antibiotics.
Enlarged tonsils can become a problem and require removal if they are causing difficulty breathing, disrupted breathing during sleep, or difficulty swallowing.
Other symptoms that might be telling you that you need a tonsillectomy are a sore throat, difficult or painful swallowing, bad breath, red or swollen tonsils, tonsils with white spots or yellow spots, or tender lymph nodes in the neck. For children suffering with tonsillitis, visit our pediatric tonsils and adenoids page.
Scheduling a Tonsillectomy
If you’ve been experiencing any of these problems, contact us today to make an appointment at Tuscaloosa ENT. A consultation and examination are required to determine if a tonsillectomy could treat your symptoms. For more information, visit our blog page.