General Information About Tonsillectomy

Tonsil removal surgery

Tonsil removal surgery or tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in the world. Tonsils are taken because they cause problems related to sleep breathing disorders and recurrent throat infections.

Tonsillectomy is not appropriate in very hot weather!

In each patient, surgery decision is made considering the benefits and harms of tonsillectomy. Due to the increased risk of bleeding due to dilation of the vessels in hot air and the healing of the patient due to sweating loss of water adversely affected, tonsil surgery is not recommended in the summer months. This surgery can be performed in other seasons.

Hypertrophic tonsils and adenoids impairs sleep quality

Tonsil and adenoid problems can affect children's lives as well as different problems depending on the growth can cause. For example, the most common simple growths and / or frequent recurrent infections can prevent the child from going to school. However, due to the obstructive nature of adenoidal growth, complaints such as breathing with open mouth, frequent relocation in bed, intense sweating in the neck and neck area may also make the life of the child difficult. However, children often face sleep problems, frequent runny nose, rhinosinusitis, temporary or permanent fluid collection in the ear, and the resulting hearing loss. It may also have to cope with palate-tooth development problems. If they are overlooked, not treated or neglected enough, ear problems may arise which may require important operations in later years.

The benefits and harms of tonsillectomy

The benefits of tonsil surgery can be summarized as follows:

- Reduction in the frequency of recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and drug use
- Improved sleep quality
- Improved quality of life
- Reduction of risks associated with upper respiratory tract infection
- Progressive prevention of sleep apnea syndrome and associated cardiovascular diseases

Possible harmful effects of tonsil surgery (many temporary):

- Postoperative pain
- Risk of postoperative bleeding
- Postoperative nutritional difficulties
- Postoperative voice changes

The most recently published "Guideline for Tonsil Surgery in Children" - "" has been published.

When should your child have tonsil surgery?

Children with frequent tonsil infections are provided with proper medication. After investigating the causes and effects of inflammation on the body, surgery is recommended for your child if the following conditions occur:

If the upper respiratory tract is obstructed by tonsil and adenoid size, and so-called “sleep apnea", short-term respiratory arrest occurs during sleep.

If you have abscesses around the tonsils. Recurrent tonsil abscesses can be life-threatening as they progress to deep neck tissues and even to the chest cavity.

7 times in the last year or 5 times per year in the last 2 years or 3 times per year in the last 3 years or more frequently if you have feverish tonsillitis. Frequent tonsillitis both reduces the quality of life and increases the risk of heart, kidney and joint complications due to beta microbes.


If you have heart valve problems. Permanent inflammatory conditions can lead to deterioration of the heart tissues in the long term and consequently increase the risk of life-threatening heart problems.
Tonsillitis and adenoid hyprtrophy often cause to inflammation of the middle ear is experiencing inflammation. Frequent middle ear inflammation, chronic ear inflammation can turn into the eardrum and the ear ossicles can lead to melting. The only treatment for this condition is ear surgery. To prevent this, tonsil and nasal surgery is recommended.

If tonsils are large enough to prevent children from feeding and breathing. This can lead to developmental disability and sleep problems in children and reduce the quality of life.

Does immunity weaken after tonsils are removed?

It is thought that after the tonsils are removed, the body becomes vulnerable and even throat infections are more common. Tonsils, the body's defense after the surgery, although they are tasked to replace these tissues in the body has a lot of tissue to serve. Therefore, there is no negative effect on the immune system in the long term after surgery. In addition, there is no scientific data to indicate that the immune system is weakened after tonsillectomy.

Tonsils are the structures in charge of the defense system. However, their removal by surgery does not cause weakening of the immune system. The tonsils taken from the throat and the upper respiratory tract is responsible for many lymphoid organs.

How should you eat after tonsil surgery, which products should be consumed?

Bleeding after tonsil surgery is now very rare. However, in order to avoid this risk, a meal list consisting of soft foods is usually provided within 7-10 days following the surgery. Tonsil surgery to prevent pain and infections that may occur after the drug treatment is organized. After the first day and at the end of the first week, a control examination is performed. Families can return to school and normal activities within one week if they follow the given meal list, give medication regularly and pay attention to postoperative care and rest.

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- Tonsils and Tonsillectomies - KidsHealth
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