House white blood cells to help the body fight infection they’re oval-shaped, pink lumps that sit at the back of throat. Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils.
How is Tonsillectomy done?
A tonsillectomy can be performed in many ways; surgeon will use the technique that is best suited for the particular patient. The surgery will be performed under general anesthesia and usually takes around half an hour. Most people can go home the same day after tonsillectomy. The most common ways to take tonsils out include:
- Electrocautery: Tonsils are removed by burning away the tissue with the help of heat.
- Cold knife dissection: The tonsils are removed with a scalpel. Bleeding is then stopped with sutures or with electrocautery.
- Harmonic scalpel: This method uses ultrasonic vibrations to cut and stop bleeding from the tonsils at the same time.
Who should go for Tonsillectomy?
- Recurrent tonsillitis.
- Bacterial infection that does not resolve with antibiotic treatment
- Collection of pus that is refractory to antibiotic treatment.
- Breathing problems, such as snoring and sleep apnea