In some cases antibiotics will not resolve chronic tonsil infections in children and adults. In other cases, one may have enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids that can cause loud snoring, upper airway obstruction, and other sleep disorders. The best treatment for these conditions may be removal or reduction of the tonsils and/ or adenoids.

The procedure takes place at the hospital. Most children and adults are able to go home the day of the surgery. This surgery is performed under general anesthesia.

The primary benefit of a tonsillectomy is a reduction in the severity and frequency of tonsil infections. If the operation is being performed for overgrown tonsils and/or adenoids, snoring can be lessened which may lead to better sleeping and breathing. Removal of the adenoids can also improve nasal breathing in some patients.

The risks of a tonsillectomy include bleeding and infection. Throat pain is common after this operation, which will require a prescription for pain medication and a soft food diet during the recovery period. If the adenoids are removed, patients usually experience nasal congestion for a few weeks, but this will resolve.  Complete post-operative instructions regarding this surgery are given at the patient’s pre-op visit.