A Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time. Reasons for tonsillectomy Tonsillectomy may be indicated when the patient: Experiences frequent bouts of acute tonsillitis. The number requiring tonsillectomy varies with the severity of the episodes. One case, even severe, is generally not enough for most surgeons to decide tonsillectomy is necessary. Has chronic tonsillitis, consisting of persistent, moderate-to-severe throat pain. Has multiple bouts of peritonsillar abscess. Has sleep apnea (stopping or obstructing breathing at night due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids) Has difficulty eating or swallowing due to enlarged tonsils (very unusual reason for tonsillectomy) Produces tonsilloliths in the back of their mouth. Has abnormally large tonsils with crypts (Craters or impacts in the tonsils) Post Surgery for Tonsils many patients experience pain in throat for 2-3 weeks and children are especially distressed during this period. Bleeding during mealtimes is a troublesome complication. The patient can have infection post surgery when the bleeding may be excessive and life threatning. Immunity in throat is altered after tonsillectomy. The patients have increased incidence of Granular pharyngitis. How does Laser tonsilloplasty help? Laser application to tonsils destroys the tonsillar tissue and microorganisms from inside. The patient consequently experiences very little pain post laser. After the treatment is performed, scarring occurs within the tonsil causing it to decrease in size over a period of several weeks. There is no need for ice creams post laser. Since the tonsillar tissue is only shrunk and not removed the immunity in throat is preserved and incidence of pharyngitis is very low. There is no bleeding during treatment and in fact it is recommended in bleeding disorders. Post laser tonsilloplasty there is more than 50% reduction in size of tonsils along with reduction in inflammation and swelling. This patient had total pain relief of tonsillitis within 48hrs after treatment.
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