What is a Tonsillectomy?
Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure aimed at removing the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue located at the back of the throat. At Century ENT, we offer advanced tonsillectomy procedures to address various conditions and improve upper airway health.
The tonsils are part of the body’s immune system, although their exact function is not fully understood. It is important to note that the removal of the tonsils and/or adenoids does not result in any changes to the body’s immune system or a loss of ability to fight infection.
Indications for Tonsillectomy
The most common reason for a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is upper airway obstruction. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids often contribute to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or sleep-disordered breathing symptoms. Other indications for tonsillectomy include chronic or recurrent tonsillitis, a history of peritonsillar abscess, difficulty swallowing, or concerns of malignancy due to asymmetry.
Tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia, and the entire operation is conducted through the mouth without any skin incisions. The tonsils are carefully dissected away from the surrounding throat muscles, and electrocautery (heat) is used to control bleeding. The procedure typically lasts less than 30 minutes.
After the procedure, your surgeon will provide specific instructions regarding post-operative pain control. Pain management may involve a combination of over-the-counter and prescription medications. It is normal to experience pain when swallowing and have reduced oral intake immediately following surgery. However, within two weeks, the pain improves significantly, and swallow function returns to normal. Rest assured that our office will provide you with comprehensive support throughout your recovery.
Enhanced Upper Airway Health
Century ENT prioritizes your upper airway health and offers safe and effective tonsillectomy procedures. Our skilled surgeons and specialized team are dedicated to providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs.
Trust Century ENT for advanced tonsillectomy procedures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards improved upper airway health and overall well-being.