Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is surgical procedure in which both tonsils are removed from the tonsillar fossa. It is indicated in recurrent throat infection, peritonsillar abscess, hypertrophy of tonsils causing airway obstruction & interference with speech & suspected malignancy. In case of childrens adenoids are removed in the same sitting. Tonsillectomy is usually performed by dissection and snare, electrocautery, or coblation method. Postoperatively patient will have pain for which patient is given medicines and advised soft cold liquid diet (icecream) It is contraindicated in Hb<10gm%, presence of acute URTI, children less than 3yrs, bleeding disorders. Complications includes primary haemorrhage, reactionary haemorrhage, injury to pillars, uvula, soft palate, tongue or superior constrictors muscle, teeth, aspiration of blood, facial edema, surgical emphysema, infection, lung complications, hypertrophy of lingual tonsils.

What are tonsils?

Tonsils are part of lymphatic system.

Why does my child require tonsillectomy?

Recurrent throat infection will cause tonsillar hypertrophy and hence pain while swallowing. It will subside with medicine, but will recur with infection.


How long will it take for surgery?

Not more than one hour.


Will my child feel pain while doing procedure?

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, hence your child will not feel pain during procedure. After surgery he will feel pain for which analgesics will be given.

What are the risks of the surgery?

Patient may have complications like bleeding.

Will my child be able to eat normally when we get home? Are there foods that will be easier for my child to eat or drink?

For first 24hrs after surgery patient is advised to have soft cold liquid diet like icecream, then he can be started with soft diet like khichdi which he can swallow easily.

Are there foods that my child should avoid?

He should avoid fibres diet, bread and hot drinks.