Understanding Adenoidectomy And Tonsillectomy Surgery

Adenoids and tonsils are masses of tissue intense pain can obstruct breathing

Adenoids and tonsils are masses of tissue at the back of the throat. These two lumps of tissue are part of the body’s defense against infections. The tonsils are visible at the back of the tongue on both sides of the throat. You also have two adenoids and they are usually not seen and are located above the tonsils. The process to have your tonsils and adenoids removed requires a surgical procedure. The removal of the adenoids and tonsils is called an adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy.

Children who suffer with inflamed, infected tonsils,or middle ear infection usually undergo having surgery before they reach school age. The use of antibiotics for this type infection has reduced these infections and become less active or intense. The surgery for having this done is usually recommended as a last resort. Swelling of the tonsils that cause intense pain can obstruct breathing. A repeated infection that cause swelling can affect hearing and general health. If tonsils become really swollen and interfere with breathing surgery would be recommended. Tonsil and adenoid surgery is performed by an eye,nose,and throat specialist or general surgeon. Before tonsil and adenoid surgery you will have some pre-hospital tests done like blood and urine tests and some x-rays.

This surgery is done in the hospital where you will be put to sleep by an anesthesiologist. You will be given a general anesthesia and off to sleep you go for about a thirty minute nap. After you’re fast asleep someone or something will hold your mouth open and pull your tongue forward. The surgeon garbs the tonsils with a clamp and pulls it back and he takes a scalpel and cut's it off. Now for the adenoids he uses a tool that looks like a basket on the end to catch and remove the cut adenoids. After waking up hopefully you won’t become nauseous from the anesthesia. When you’re wide awake the doctor will talk to you and prescribe you something for pain. These are things to help ease the throat pain and soreness are ice cream, ice packs around the neck, and sucking on crushed ice. Things to refrain from are singing, clearing your throat and talking less as possible. You also want to stay away from spicy or foods that are hard to chew and swallow.

It takes about two or three weeks to recuperate but you should still avoid vigorous exercise for about a month. After returning home from the hospital if you develop excessive bleeding or cough up a vomit blood mixture. Call your doctor immediately to report your problem. Severe sore throat and nasal congestion is common for a week following the operation. I guess one of the best rewards after this operation is eating a lot of ice cream and a mini vacation from any kind of vigorous work. That means no honey do’s if you are an adult.

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