why should i get my tonsils removed
What Is a Tonsillectomy? Have you ever had? That's when your tonsils, in the back of your throat, get sore and infected. If tonsillitis happens to you a lot, the doctor may suggest you have an operation to remove your tonsils. Or maybe you have really large tonsils that make it hard for you to breathe at night. That's another reason the doctor may say they should come out. Your tonsils are two lumps of tissue that work as germ fighters for your body. The trouble is that sometimes germs like to hang out there, where they cause infections. In other words, instead of fighting infections, the tonsils become infected. The surgery to remove tonsils is called a (say: tahn-suh-LEK-tuh-mee). After this operation, kids usually don't have as many sore throats. And, if they were having trouble breathing at night, that problem goes away, too. Without tonsils, a kid won't look any different and won't have any scars that anyone can see. You don't
need your tonsils, so a kid's body keeps on working just fine even after they've been removed. But how do doctors get the tonsils out of your throat? Will it hurt? And what exactly do tonsils do back there? Let's find out. The night before surgery, you won't be allowed to eat or drink anything after dinner not even water. That's because your doctors don't want you to throw up during the operation. That would be a mess. You'll also need to pack your suitcase if you're staying overnight in the hospital and bring anything you want to have with you. If you have a special stuffed animal or blanket, go ahead and bring it. It's nice to have something that reminds you of home when you're in the hospital.
You'll probably go to the hospital on the day of your surgery. You'll check in and get a plastic bracelet that has your name on it. Then, you'll meet the nurses and other hospital staff who will take care of you. Your mom and dad can stay with you. Tonsils are removed in the, so you'll have to take a ride on a gurney. A gurney is like a bed on wheels. When it's time for your operation, you'll get a medicine (called ) that will help you fall asleep and keep you from feeling any pain during the operation. During the surgery, which takes only about 20 minutes, doctors will open your mouth and remove the tonsils. Hooray for anesthesia because you won't feel anything during the operation. Before you know it, you'll wake up in the recovery room. You may feel sleepy and dizzy at first. But soon you will feel a lot better and your mom or dad will come in to see you. You'll probably have a sore throat and maybe a slight earache. What Happens Afterward? After your operation, it's important to drink fluids when you wake up. You should try to drink, even if it hurts a bit at first. This will help you feel better and get home faster. Some kids stay in the hospital overnight; others go home the same day as their operation. You will probably need to take it easy for a few days to a week or more after surgery. Light activities would be fine. If the doctor wants you to stay home from school, talk to your teacher about getting homework for you to do while you're getting better at home. Drink fluids during your recovery. Some doctors let you eat what you want. Others may suggest that you stick to eating soft foods. While you're getting better, you'll take medication so you don't hurt and can eat and drink.
You also might get (say: an-tye-bye-AH-tiks) to prevent infection. You may see little white patches in the back of your throat. This is normal. After the first week, the white patches will begin to fall off. You also might return to see your doctor for a checkup. After a week or two, you should feel much better. You'll be ready to go back to school and play with your friends again. You can tell them all about your tonsillectomy! Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgeries performed on children, but sometimes adults need to have their tonsils removed, too. Infection is the most likely reason your doctor may recommend a tonsillectomy. Another reason is having tonsils that are so large they obstruct your airway and cause sleep apnea -- brief periods during which you stop breathing in your sleep. More than 10 percent of office visits to primary care providers are for sore throat, which may be due to inflamed tonsils or simply inflammation of the back of your throat. It is common to also experience sore glands in the front of your neck, as well as fever. You might even notice a white coating on your tonsils, especially if you have a bacterial infection, such as strep throat. The most likely reasons your doctor may refer you for tonsillectomy are very frequent sore throats or a chronic infection in your tonsils. If you have infrequent, uncomplicated infections, your doctor will probably just treat you with reassurance and antibiotics, if needed. If you experience severe pain, fever, significant bulging around your tonsil, pain when you open your mouth or you notice your uvula is shifted to one side, you may have a peritonsillar abscess and should seek medical attention immediately.
A peritonsillar abscess is a collection of pus near the tonsils due to infection by one or many bacterium. While it is typically treated with antibiotics and drainage, 10 to 15 percent of the time the abscess returns, prompting some clinicians to recommend tonsillectomy early in the course of treatment rather than waiting for a potential recurrence. If your tonsils are enlarged, they may actually obstruct your airway when you lie down and cause you to completely stop breathing in your sleep, a condition called sleep apnea. You may wake up in the middle of the night gasping for breath. Chances are, if you have sleep apnea, you may have been told that you snore loudly as well, though loud snoring does not necessarily mean you have sleep apnea. Not all sleep apnea is caused by enlarged tonsils, but if your doctor suspects this is the problem, she may recommend tonsillectomy. If one of your tonsils is much larger than the other, your doctor may recommend tonsillectomy as a precaution to rule out a serious underlying cause. Surgery is typically recommended only if you have other related symptoms. If you don't have other "red flag" problems, such as difficulty swallowing, persistent pain, swelling of the glands in your neck, or one tonsil that keeps getting larger and larger over time, it is extremely unlikely that the difference in size of your tonsils is important. Most of the time, having one enlarged tonsil is simply due to a minor issue, such as one tonsil scarring more than other from past infections.
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