Tonsil removal

Tonsil removal (tonsillectomy) is a surgery to remove the part of palatine tonsils which obstruct nose breathing, cause snoring, obstructive sleep apnoea or lead to chronic tonsillitis (chronic focus of infection in tonsillar niches with exacerbations of the disease 3-4 times per year).

Symptoms of chronic tonsilitis include a very sore throat; painfull swallowing; tonsils that appear red and swollen; tonsils that have white or yellow spots; fewer; headache and fatique, chills; earaches and/or neck pain; coughing.

Chronic tonsillitis is diagnosed after examination by an ear, nose, and throat doctor after taking a throat culture and a blood test.

Treatments for chronic tonsillitis may include antibiotics, topical antiseptic remedies, time in bed and drinking plenty of fluids prescription, however, if chronic tonsillitis reoccur more frequently than 3-4 times a year, surgical approach is recommended.

How is the Surgery Performed?

The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia. During the surgery, the hypertrophied (enlarged) part of tonsils is removed using a coblator, mini-shaver, laser or a cautery. After the focus of infection is removed, the repeated exacerbations of the disease cease to occur, and various joint, heart, and kidney diseases are prevented with the working capacity and the quality of life improved.

Post-surgery period and recovery

  • Sports and active physical activity should be avoided for approximately 2 weeks after the surgery;
  • A rest period of several days is recommended after the surgery.
  • Hot premises, such as saunas, hot tubes, solarium, pools, should be avoided for 2 weeks;
  • A soft foods diet is recommended for a period of 10 days refraining from hot foods and carbonated beverages.


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