Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy Specialist
If you suffer from frequent tonsillitis, a tonsillectomy might be the best way to move beyond those chronic infections and the discomfort they bring. At Guadalupe ENT, residents in and around Seguin and New Braunfels, Texas, have access to a team of highly skilled professionals who routinely perform tonsillectomies. To see if a tonsillectomy is right for you, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Tonsillectomy Q & A

What is a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is a term used to describe the surgical removal of your tonsils. You have two tonsils, which are oval-shaped areas of tissue located on each side of the back of your throat.

A tonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure that can make a world of difference for men, women, and children suffering from tonsillitis and other related problems.

What are my tonsils for and why do I need them?

Researchers believe your tonsils play a role in your body’s immune system. They produce white blood cells that fight disease. Because they are located at the back of your throat, tonsils may be the first line of defense against germs that try to enter your body through your mouth.

While tonsils play a part in your overall immune system, you can function just fine without them. In fact, if you experience frequent tonsillitis or sleep disruptions, having your tonsils removed at Guadalupe ENT can significantly improve your quality of life.

When do I need a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy may be the preferred treatment path if you suffer from any of these conditions:

  • Frequent tonsil infections
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Snoring or trouble breathing while asleep
  • Cancer in one or both tonsils
  • Bleeding on or near your tonsils

If you’ve tried other treatment options to address these issues and nothing has helped, a tonsillectomy at Guadalupe ENT might be the right course of action.

Is a tonsillectomy painful?

You’ll be sedated under general anesthesia during the procedure, and you will rest comfortably while your tonsils are removed. Once you begin the recovery process, you can expect a degree of pain as your body heals.

Your physician will advise you on how to minimize pain during recovery, which normally lasts around 10 days. If you receive pain medication, follow your doctor’s instructions on dosage.

It’s also important to stay hydrated during recovery. Eating ice pops and drinking water are great options and can soothe your throat. When it comes to food, choose soft, bland foods that are easy to swallow.

Furthermore, you should take it easy for a few days after your surgery and avoid strenuous activities for a couple of weeks. Your body needs time to rest and recover, and rushing things can lead to complications.

To learn more about getting a tonsillectomy, call or schedule an appointment with Guadalupe ENT today.

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