Is Tonsillectomy(Tonsil removal)The Best Way To Eliminate Tonsiliths?

While removing the tonsils or having a tonsillectomy seems like an easy solution, it is not always the correct option.The function of the tonsils are to trap bacteria and help stave off illness.

A doctor might recommend having tonsils removed for the following reasons:

  • If the patient has chronic tonsillitis.This means having tonsil infection more than 3 times per year.
  • Has sleep apnea(obstructing breathing)due to enlarged tonsils.
  • Tonsilloliths form in the back of the mouth or throat.

Is tonsillectomy safe?

One would assume that having a tonsillectomy is relatively safe, however deaths have been recorded as a result of excessive bleeding,airway obstruction, or anesthesia.The mortality rate being 1 in 25000.

Post operative care

The recovery period can take anywhere from 10 to 20 days.The older the person is the longer the recovery period. Adults are also 1-2% more at risk of having overall bleeding 7-14 days after the operation due to scabs coming off where surgery was performed.

What form of surgery is used?

Surgeons mostly still prefer using a scalpel although harmonic scalpels,thermal welding or lasers can also be used.

Having surgery is not an easy decision to make.Ask your doctor about other alternatives and use this as a last resort.

You should not have a tonsillectomy due to tonsilloliths forming in the back of the throat.There are natural treatments that can permanently relieve the condition.