What are tonsils and adenoids?

Tonsils are small glands located on each side of the throat. They are there to help children fight germs, but become less important in the fight as you age. Tonsils will usually shrink eventually as your body can still fight germs without them.

Adenoids are a type of tissue found in the back of your throat. They help you fight infections by trapping germs and bacteria. 

What is Tonsillectomy and Why Is It Needed?

Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. They are part of the immune system that aid in the fight against infections. But in some cases, your tonsils can become infected or inflamed, leading to other health issues.

This procedure is usually recommended if a person has frequent or severe tonsillitis, chronic tonsillitis that does not respond to antibiotics, sleep apnea, difficulty breathing or swallowing due to enlarged tonsils, or if the tonsils are suspected of harbouring cancer.

How Is Tonsillectomy Performed?

Tonsillectomy is performed while under general anaesthesia. A device is inserted to keep the mouth open. Then, the tonsils are removed surgically through the mouth using a scalpel, laser, or other surgical instrument. Following that, the nose is examined and adenoids may also be removed if necessary.

How Long Does It Take To Recover?

The recovery time after a tonsillectomy varies by individual, but most people are able to resume normal activities within one to two weeks. 

How To Boost Recovery?

After the procedure, it is important to rest and take things easy. Children should avoid strenuous activity and remain hydrated, avoiding crispy, acidic or spicy foods that can irritate the throat. Patients are encouraged to rest for at least one to two weeks and only consume soft and cold foods.

Frequently Asked Questions

How painful is a tonsillectomy in children?

The pain experienced after a tonsillectomy varies from child to child, but children tend to encounter less pain and discomfort than adults.

In general, children may have a sore throat, ear pain, difficulty swallowing, and pain in the jaw and neck area. The pain is typically the worst during the first few days following the procedure and gradually improves over the next few days.

What day is worse after tonsillectomy?

The days immediately following a tonsillectomy can be quite uncomfortable, and it’s common for patients to feel the most pain and discomfort during these first few days. 

How do you recover from a tonsillectomy fast?

Recovery from a tonsillectomy can take some time, but your child can promote recovery by staying hydrated, avoiding foods that can irritate the throat, and getting ample rest.

Does your throat return to normal after a tonsillectomy?

Yes, the throat will return to its normal state after a tonsillectomy.