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Tonsillectomy

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Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. The tonsils have an oval shape and are located at the back of the throat. The tonsils produce white blood cells and act as the first barrier against viruses or bacteria which enter through the mouth. This makes tonsils very susceptible to inflammation and infection. Children are more susceptible to tonsillitis simply due to the fact that their immune system is not strong enough to handle the bacteria that enter through the mouth. The tonsils themselves are more active under the age of 15.

Tonsillectomy surgery is usually performed on patients suffering from recurrent acute tonsillitis, other indications for this procedure can include the following:

● Obstructive sleep apnea
● Nasal airway obstruction
● Peritonsillar abscess
● Snoring
● Diphtheria

Tonsillectomy surgery is also a simple way to treat complications due to enlarged tonsils. Some patients may have naturally large tonsils while some can get enlarged after infections. Tonsillectomy surgery is recommended to treat the following conditions caused by enlarged tonsils:

● Difficulty breathing, in general
● Difficulty swallowing
● Difficult breathing during sleep

In some cases, the adenoids are removed as well in a procedure called adenoidectomy. This procedure is more commonly performed on children.

Tonsillectomy Candidates

Tonsillectomy surgery is usually performed in the following circumstances:

● The patient suffers from severe, chronic or recurring tonsillitis
● The patients suffers from complications of enlarged tonsils
● Tonsillectomy surgery is recommended if the patient’s tonsils are bleeding
● Antibiotics are ineffective in treating tonsillitis

Tonsillectomy surgery is also performed in order to relieve patients from:

● Cancerous tissue on one or both of the tonsils
● Recurrent bleeding from the tonsils

Am I Suitable for Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy surgery is not recommended for patients suffering from an active infection in the tonsils or mouth area. Tonsillectomy cannot be performed if the tonsils are inflamed as well. It’s better to treat these conditions first, before going in for surgery.

Other contraindications can include:

● Anemia
● Other acute infections
● Patients not suitable for general anaesthesia
● Patients with susceptibility to profuse bleeding

Preparing for Tonsillectomy

Patients need to take some tests in order to ensure eligibility for the tonsillectomy surgery. Blood thinners such as aspirin need to be avoided at least 2 weeks before the surgery. Smoking is also prohibited at least 2 weeks before the tonsillectomy surgery. Patients must also avoid eating or drinking anything, 8 hours before the tonsillectomy is set to begin.

How is Tonsillectomy Performed?

Tonsillectomy surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia. Once the anaesthesia kicks in, the patient’s mouth is open and a clamp is applied, in order to keep it open and allow the surgeon to continue with the procedure.

There are many different techniques which can be applied during tonsillectomy surgery:

● Traditional tonsillectomy – this method uses a scalpel to remove the tonsils
● Laser tonsillectomy – laser technology can be used to cut the tonsils and coagulate any blood vessels that might have been damaged.
● Ultrasound tonsillectomy – this method uses a scalpel and ultrasound technology for the procedure. The blade vibrates and heats up to around 80 degrees Celsius, effectively coagulating any blood vessels.

Tonsillectomy Summary

Anesthesia

General anesthetic

Back to Sports

2 - 3 weeks

Tonsillectomy Recovery

The average tonsillectomy surgery recovery period lasts about 2 weeks. Patients can experience pain and discomfort. Hydration is very important during this period, as it can help soothe the pain. Some patients may spend a day in hospital after the procedure. In around 10-14 days, patients may experience bleeding. Painkillers may be used during the tonsillectomy recovery period.

Tonsillectomy Risks and Complications

Tonsillectomy surgery risks and complications include:

● Excessive bleeding
● Infection

Tonsillectomy Side Effects

Tonsillectomy surgery side effects include:

● Pain
● Discomfort
● Nausea and vomiting
● Headaches
● Swelling of the tongue

Tonsillectomy Success Rates

Tonsillectomy surgery reviews set the average success rate in the high 90’s. It depends on the problem the patient is suffering from.

Before and After Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy procedure is 100% effective in treating tonsillitis but patients can still get sore throats. Around 80 to 100% of patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea will notice improvements after the procedure.

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Tonsillectomy Cost

Average Tonsillectomy costs are € 2,992, based on Tonsillectomy prices from 15 clinics. Cheapest Tonsillectomy cost is € 1,500 where Tonsillectomy prices can go up to € 3,738.

Tonsillectomy prices vary greatly depending on the clinic and the location. For example, Tonsillectomy in Turkey is a popular option where Tonsillectomy costs as low as € 1,500.

Please note that the Tonsillectomy prices listed on FlyMedi are the average price for Tonsillectomy procedures. Clinics may ask you to provide them with specific information about your medical condition in order to provide you a detailed cost estimate for Tonsillectomy procedures. To receive a personalized Tonsillectomy quote, please click HERE.

Tonsillectomy FAQ

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Is tonsillectomy surgery painful?

The surgery itself is not painful, but patients do experience some pain during the first week after it.

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Are there any alternatives to tonsillectomy surgery?

Antibiotics can be used to treat tonsillitis.

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When can I exercise after the procedure?

Patients should avoid sports or exercise for 2-3 weeks as these activities can increase the chance of bleeding.