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Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove tonsils, to treat inflammation and infection of tonsils.
Tonsillitis results from inflammation of tonsils (oval-shaped bags of tissue located at the back of throat on each side) in response to bacteria and viruses caught in them as part of body’s natural immune response.
Most doctors prefer Laser Tonsil Ablation (LTA) technique in which a laser beam generates radiation that cuts and vaporizes the tonsil tissue. This type of laser treatment removes tonsils completely without causing any bleeding.
Tonsillectomy is performed mainly for three reasons-
Your doctor will recommend you to
Procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour, and is performed under general anesthesia.
A device will be placed to keep your mouth open during the length of the surgery.
During the procedure, your doctor will use a handheld Carbon Dioxide (CO2) or KT laser and direct it at the site of tonsil inflammation.
Light energy is converted into heat, which is transferred to the tonsil tissue. This causes the tonsil tissue to shrink and also eliminate crevices in the area that prevent future infections.
The surgery is performed in the outpatient department and you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.
Tonsillectomy is performed in the outpatient department and you will be able to go home on the same day as the surgery.
You can expect sore throat and ear pain after the surgery for a few days. The doctor will suggest
Although this surgery is very simple, it does involve certain risks.
Like any surgery, there are some risks, though very rare, involved with LTA.
Discuss the benefits and risks of having your tonsils removed with your surgeon.