I finally had mine removed at age 30 after 10 years of sinus infections, every six to eight weeks. The sinus infections finally stopped after the tonsillectomy. After 20 doctors' opinions finally one suggested getting my tonsils out. It worked! Apparently the tonsils harbored bacteria and antibiotics couldn't eradicate all of them.
Tonsillectomy is performed when the patient 1) Experiences frequent bouts of acute tonsillitis. 2) Chronic tonsillitis, consisting of persistent, moderate-to-severe throat pain. 3) Multiple bouts of peritonsillar abscess. 4) Difficulty eating or swallowing due to enlarged tonsils. Methods of tonsil removal: a) Dissection and snare method b) Electrocautery c) Harmonic scalpel, d) Radiofrequency ablation e) Thermal Welding f) Carbon dioxide laser, g) Microdebrider f) Bipolar Radiofrequency Ablation. The doctor decides the method basing on the expertise and almost all of them have similar efficacy. Complications that can occur post Tonsillectomy. 1) Pain is common after a tonsillectomy. Usually report pain in the ears. 2) The most important thing one can expact after a tonsillectomy is bleeding and dehydration to prevent which you need to take plenty of fluids. 3) Difficult to swallow could be due to Edema try giving drinks thin, non-acidic drinks or frozen popsicles. Soft foods like gelatin, ice cream, custards, puddings, and mashed foods are helpful to maintain adequate nutrition.
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