Tonsil Removal

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Tonsil Removal

Removal of the tonsils is an important disease that is mostly caused by inflammation and is usually seen in childhood and recurs very often. Tonsils, which play an important role for the defense mechanism of the human body, greatly affect the daily life of some children. On the other hand, tonsils also trigger some heart diseases as they cause airway obstruction and sleep apnea.

What are the conditions that your child’s tonsils should be removed?

Tonsils are the lymphoid tissues found in pairs in the human throat. These are tissues that often serve as the first defense zone for children against disease. These structures, which are active between the ages of 4 and 10, become smaller and have less function when they enter adolescence. The most important conditions for Child – tonsil removal; bleeding tonsillitis, heart disease and sleep apnea.

Apart from these, tonsils should be surgically removed due to the occurrence of tonsillitis at least 7 times in a year, swallowing disorder caused by tonsil enlargement, persistent bad breath, and inadequate response from the treatments applied with antibiotics. The best time to remove tonsils in children is usually after the age of 3. In some exceptional cases, tonsil surgery can be performed before the age of 3 years.

How Many Types of Tonsil Removal Surgery Are There?

There are 2 types of tonsil surgery: operations where all or part of the tonsils are removed. In cases where all the tonsils need to be removed, the entire tonsil is removed in one piece. In cases where the tonsils need to be partially removed, a certain part of the tonsil is not removed together with the capsule. As a result of partial removal of the tonsils, recovery and return to daily life are very easy. However, partial tonsil operation has disadvantages such as regrowth of the tonsils and re-infection in the remaining tissue in the body. Therefore, the cases in which this type of surgery is recommended are limited. If post-operative infections recur, it is recommended to remove the entire tonsils.

How is the Recovery Process After Tonsil Surgery?

Patients who have undergone tonsillectomy are kept under surveillance in the hospital for 24 hours due to the risk of bleeding. After the surgery, pain usually occurs as a side effect. This pain can be controlled with drugs containing paracetamol. In addition, patients who have undergone surgery may experience difficulty in swallowing with pain, difficulty in swallowing watery foods, and a change in tone of voice. Children who have undergone tonsillectomy recover completely 2 weeks after the operation and can return to their daily lives.