Tonsillectomy Surgery in India
The tonsils are two clusters of tissue located on both sides of the back of the throat. Adenoids sit high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. Tonsils and adenoids are often removed when they become enlarged and block the upper airway, leading to breathing difficulty. It is very common in children and lead to growth issues as well. Children with enlarged tonsils and adenoids generally suffer from lethargy, tiredness and sleep deprievation. They are also removed when recurrence of tonsil infections or strep throat cannot be successfully treated by antibiotics. The surgery is most often performed on children. The procedure to remove the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy.
Indications For Tonsillectomy
Tonsillectomy is mostly recommended if:
A person has ongoing or recurring episodes of tonsillitis
A person has recurring episodes of strep throat in a single year despite antibiotic treatment
Abscesses of the tonsils do not respond to drainage. Or an abscess is present in addition to other indications for a tonsillectomy
A persistent foul odor or taste in the mouth is caused by tonsillitis and does not respond to antibiotic treatment
In children if the tonsils are so large that they affect night time breathing, called sleep apnea
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Procedure of Tonsillectomy
During most tonsillectomies, surgeons remove the tonsils in an operating room while the patient is under general anesthesia. General anesthesia means the patient is completely unconscious during the operation, with no sensations, feeling of pain, awareness, movement, or memory of the surgery.
When using general anesthesia, the anesthesiologist (doctor who gives the anesthesia) will monitor your vital signs, continue to deliver anesthesia, and keep you as comfortable as possible throughout the operation. For a tonsillectomy, the surgeon removes the tonsils through the mouth without making a cut on the skin. Once the operation is over, you'll be taken to the recovery room.
Recovery After Tonsillectomy
Many patients are able to go home on the same day of surgery after being watched in the recovery room for several hours. Sometimes the doctor may want the patient to stay in the hospital overnight. It can take a week or more to recover from a tonsillectomy. During recovery, a person will have a sore throat, which might make it uncomfortable to eat and drink. For this reason, the doctor will prescribe pain medication to keep you comfortable.
Sip water or eat ice pops to stay hydrated without hurting your throat. Warm, clear broth and applesauce are ideal food choices during early recovery. You can add ice cream, pudding, oatmeal, and other soft foods after a couple days. Try not to eat anything hard, crunchy, or spicy for several days after a tonsillectomy.