Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Treatment for Tonsillitis or Enlarged Adenoids

When a patient experiences constant problems such as infection with their tonsils or adenoids, they may be suffering from tonsillitis or enlarged adenoids. A physician will first use antibiotics to treat the infections. If that does not work and the infections keep coming back, removal of the tonsils and/or adenoids may be necessary. Sometimes difficulty breathing is enough to remove the adenoids.

Symptoms of tonsillitis are:
– Tonsils that are redder than normal
– Yellow or white coating on the tonsils
– Changes in the voice due to swelling
– Sore throat
– Pain when swallowing
– Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
– Fever
– Bad Breath

Symptoms of enlarged adenoids are:
– Difficulty breathing through the nose
– Nose sounds “stuffy” when speaking
– Noisy breathing
– Snoring
– Sleep Apnea

In order to prepare for the surgery, adults and children should refrain from taking aspirin or any medicine that contains aspirin. Dr. Miya and Dr. Torchinsky will discuss your history with anesthesia as well as family history with anesthesia to see if there have been any problems in the past. Around midnight, prior to the surgery, nothing should be ingested by the mouth.

After the procedure you will be placed in the recovery room. You will be under observation to be sure there are no adverse side effects from the operation, and then you will be discharged.