Also known as: tonsil removal, surgical removal of the tonsils.
What is tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. It is a common surgery used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing and recurrent tonsillitis.
What happens during the procedure?
Tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia. The surgery is performed through the mouth and takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Is any special preparation needed?
The patient will be instructed to avoid food, drink and certain medications before the surgery.
What are the risk factors?
Infection, bleeding, swelling, difficulty eating or swallowing, and injury to surrounding structures are potential risks of tonsillectomy.
Reviewed by: Sandeep P Dave, MD
This page was last updated on: 7/25/2018 9:45:16 AM
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Dr. Davé is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. He is chief of the PSA Section of Otolaryngology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Davé sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital.
Dr. Yamilet Tirado is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the physician-led multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is a pediatric otolaryngologist/ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist within the Division of Otolaryngology and sees patients at Nicklaus Children's Hospital and the Nicklaus Children's Aventura Care Center.