Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can cause breathing difficulty and chronic sore throats. Under the care of expert surgeons at ENT and Allergy Specialists, patients of all ages can have safe and effective tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures. With locations in Bryn Mawr, Pottstown, Phoenixville, or East Norriton, Pennsylvania, the practice provides specialized ear, nose, and throat care. Click to book a consultation about your symptoms or call the office today.
A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. You may need a tonsillectomy if you have infection or inflammation in your tonsils, which are pads of oval-shaped tissue at the back of the throat. The procedure is also helpful if you have enlarged tonsils, breathing problems related to the tonsils, or strep throat that’s not getting better with antibiotic treatment.
A tonsillectomy is usually done as an outpatient procedure.
The adenoid glands are small glands located in the roof of your mouth, near where your nose connects to your throat. These glands often shrink during childhood or adolescence, but they can enlarge due to frequent throat infections.
With an adenoidectomy, your physician removes the adenoid glands. The procedure is often performed together with a tonsillectomy, resulting in better throat and respiratory health.
The adenoidectomy and tonsillectomy are most often pediatric procedures, but sometimes adults need them, too.
Since tonsils and adenoid glands aren’t necessary for survival or health, removing them won’t cause any long-term consequences.
After these common procedures, it’s normal to have a sore throat for a few weeks. It’s important to stay hydrated, which helps to relieve pain and speed up healing.
You might have to avoid spicy or hot foods, and opt more for cold liquids that soothe the throat. Some patients can benefit from an ice collar to help with the discomfort.
Most people need to avoid strenuous activity for up to one week after surgery. Kids can return to school in about 3-5 days, with their physician’s approval.
Some common symptoms indicate the need for a tonsillectomy or an adenoidectomy, including:
If you or your child has these symptoms, contact ENT and Allergy Specialists today for a consultation about a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. The team of physicians and surgeons can help diagnose your condition and recommend a safe and effective treatment plan. Use the one-click booking system to schedule your appointment or call the office today.