Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. It is often performed on patients with repeat occurrences of tonsillitis. Tonsillectomies are the second most common surgical procedure for children. It is also sometimes necessary for adults to have a tonsillectomy.

Like the tonsils, the adenoids help fight infections. The adenoids are at the back of the nose. Enlarged adenoids can cause ear infections. If antibiotics do not clear up your child’s ear infection, they may need an adenoidectomy. An adenoidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the adenoids. It may help reduce the number of ear infections a child experiences.

Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are common and safe procedures. They help prevent frequent sore throats and ear infections. The procedures are not always performed at the same time. When performed together, the combined operation is called a ‘T&A’.

In-hospital surgery

Dr Miller carries out tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies under general anaesthesia in hospital.

After surgery

When the surgery is complete and the bleeding has stopped, Dr Miller will admit you into recovery. He will give you pain medicine when you wake up.

A sore throat is common for the first 5–10 days after surgery. Dr Miller will discuss aftercare with you, but you must remember to watch for bleeding. You will find it easiest to swallow liquids, but you should also eat solids as soon as possible after your surgery.

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