This page provides information about the tonsils and surgery of the tonsils including reasons surgery may be recommended, risks associated with surgery, and postoperative instructions. The Tonsils are located in the throat near the base of the tongue. The Adenoids are located in the back of the nose. Patients who have their tonsils removed still have a strong immune system and do not have any more illnesses than people who have their tonsils. Tonsillitis is inflammation of the tonsils.
Tonsillectomy - Mayo Clinic
A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils. Sometimes the adenoids are removed during the same surgery. The tonsils and adenoids are in the throat. Your doctor did the surgery through your mouth.
Complications common for adults after tonsillectomy
Tonsillectomy ton-sih-LEK-tuh-me is the surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat — one tonsil on each side. A tonsillectomy was once a common procedure to treat infection and inflammation of the tonsils tonsillitis. Today, a tonsillectomy is usually performed for sleep-disordered breathing but may still be a treatment when tonsillitis occurs frequently or doesn't respond to other treatments. A tonsillectomy may also be necessary to treat breathing and other problems related to enlarged tonsils and to treat rare diseases of the tonsils.
Amit Patel, M. Your tonsils play a role in your immune system, however — for some — tonsils can seem to cause more harm than good. This type of surgery is known as a tonsillectomy.