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    Removing frequently inflamed tonsils will eliminate many problems, especially with recurring upper respiratory tract infections.

     

    TONSILLECTOMY

     

    What is Tonsillectomy?

    Lymphoid tissues are known as tonsils in medical terminology. Tonsils are one of the organs of the immune system in our body. They begin to produce antibodies to fight microbes that enter the human body through breathing from childhood. From the moment this organ, which is assigned to produce antibodies, loses its function, it leaves its main task and comes to a state that harms the human body. If the tonsils get to this point, they may need to be removed by tonsillectomy after treatment methods. The operation to remove the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy.

    What is Tonsillitis?

    Tonsillitis is the name given to inflammation of the tonsils. Tonsils swell and cause pain when encountering microbes. In case of this inflammation, antibiotic therapy is applied. This condition of inflammation and swelling often becomes chronic when it recurs. Chronic tonsillitis prevents the tonsils from performing their task and becomes more harmful than helpful.

    In addition to triggering upper respiratory tract infections, chronic tonsillitis can also begin to adversely affect organs such as heart valves, joints, and kidneys in the long term. Disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea can occur depending on the inflammation and growth of the tonsils.

    In what cases is tonsillectomy performed?

    Conditions such as frequent tonsillitis, fever, developmental delay observed in children, and inability to gain weight are some conditions that require a decision to be made for tonsillectomy.

    What happens if tonsillectomy is not performed?

    In patients who need a tonsillectomy, fluid accumulation in the ear, cysts, sleep apnea, and tonsil bleeding is observed. As a result of frequent recurrent tonsillitis and the constant use of antibiotics, there will also be other adverse effects, such as disruption of daily life due to the constant state of illness.

     

     Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed all over the world. There is a common and false belief that removing the tonsils will negatively affect the body’s immune system. Contrary to this belief, the tonsils that exist to protect the body from germs are now causing diseases by abusing their function, and it will be to the benefit of the body to take it at this point.

     

    How is tonsillectomy performed?

    Tonsillectomy is an operation performed with general anaesthesia. Tonsillectomy is performed in adults as well as in children.  Tonsils are removed by excising them from the place where they are attached. The duration of the operation is about an hour. Because the tonsils are taken out of the mouth, superficial external intervention is not performed, so there are no incisions or sutures from the outside. After the operation, the patient is discharged after an overnight stay. Mild pain and fever may occur after tonsillectomy.

    How long does Tonsillectomy take?

    Tonsillectomy is an operation that takes about an hour.

    How many days does it take to recover after a tonsillectomy?

    After tonsillectomy, a white tissue is formed on the tonsils, indicating healing. The appearance of white tissue lasting 15-20 days should not be confused with inflammation. The recovery period takes about ten days. It is essential to share it with your doctor if unexpected conditions such as ongoing pain and bleeding occur at the end of 10 days.

    What to eat after tonsillectomy?

    After tonsil surgery, it is recommended that the doctor first feed cold and soft foods as s/he sees fit. Abundant fluid consumption is also an essential part of the nutrition plan.

    At what age is tonsillectomy performed?

    Tonsillectomy surgery can be performed from the age of 3.

    Is tonsil surgery risky?

    Tonsil surgery is a pervasive operation, and the risk rate is meagre. Because it is an operation performed under general anaesthesia, qualified doctors should complete it in reliable medical institutions, taking into account the risks of each procedure.

    Does tonsil surgery damage the vocal cords?

    Tonsil surgery is an operation that does not damage the vocal cords. Although the hoarseness of the voice due to the gap formed in the mouth when the tonsils are removed seems to be a problem experienced after surgery, this hoarseness will not be permanent; the voice will return to its former state with recovery in a few weeks.

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