Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy in McLean

A tonsillectomy is a common surgical procedure used to treat chronic inflammation and infection of your tonsils (tonsillitis).

It is also used as a treatment for breathing problems and other conditions related to tonsillitis.

Why Would You Need a Tonsillectomy?

After a complete exam, your doctor will likely recommend a tonsillectomy if you have persistently swollen tonsils or difficulty breathing while you sleep due to tonsillitis.

How Long Does a Tonsillectomy Last?

The surgery itself takes around 30 minutes but can take longer. You will be under general anesthesia, and the procedure will not be painful.

Your treatment begins even before surgery. You’ll be given instructions from your doctor on how to prepare for your tonsillectomy. You’ll be asked to provide a list of your medications, your medical history as well as your family’s.

You’ll also be given a chance to ask questions pertaining to the surgery and aftercare. Bloodwork may also be required before the procedure.

Full aftercare instructions will be given to you, which should be followed carefully. The basic care instructions you should follow while healing are bed rest, drink plenty of fluids, stick to a bland / soft diet, and take any medications prescribed to you by your doctor.

What Are the Side Effects / Complications of a Tonsillectomy?

Common side effects after surgery include throat pain, difficulty swallowing, nausea, swelling of the tongue or throat, mild fever, and pain in the neck, ears, or jaw. 

If you experience bleeding, dehydration, high fever, or breathing problems you should contact your doctor immediately.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Tonsillectomy?

If you experience throat infections that occur six times or more per year along with tonsillitis, or if your tonsils are causing difficulty breathing while sleeping, you are likely a good candidate. 

Where Can I Find the Top Tonsillectomy Surgeons in McLean?

Board-certified, highly skilled, and proficient with the latest technology, the providers at ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery are the best choice for mouth and throat surgery. With us, you’ll be treated with compassion and respect. 

If you suspect you have tonsillitis or that your tonsils interfere with healthy sleep, please don’t delay. Schedule your appointment with us by calling 703-448-0005 today!