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Is it possible to undergo an elective tonsillectomy while suffering from sore throat?

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Dr. Naveen Kumar

ENT Specialist

Practicing since :2001

Answered : 2432 Questions

Posted on Wed, 7 Aug 2019 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: My 20-year old daughter is having an elective tonsillectomy on Friday for persistent strep infections. She just told me she has a sore throat now. Can the procedure go ahead?
Thank you.
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 39 minutes later
Brief Answer:
No, it’s better to defer the surgery

Detailed Answer:


A present sore throat could be an active infection. It is wise to get the surgery postponed rather than risking it.

Tonsillectomy during active infection can lead to torrential bleeding, hence, it is not advisable to undergo surgery.

Encourage your daughter to drink frequent sips of warm water, avoid coffee/chilled food and beverages.

Hope this answers your query.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N,
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon

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