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Tonsillectomy Treatment - Diagnosis and Procedure
Diagnostic tests required for tonsillectomy surgery in Chandigarh
If you have symptoms of tonsilitis, your doctor may perform the following diagnostic tests before finalizing your treatment plan.
The physical examination includes checking the inside and outside of the throat for any abnormal swelling or rashes, palpating the neck to evaluate swelling in the neck lymph nodes, and assessing their breath sounds to check for pulmonary infection.
We provide a free consultation with the best ENT specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of tonsillectomy.
Treatment for tonsillitis
Different surgical procedures for tonsillitis treatment in Chandigarh are:
It is a laser procedure in which the tonsils are removed using a focused high-energy radiofrequency beam. It is also known as radiofrequency tonsil ablation.
A harmonic scalpel cuts the inflamed tonsils through vibration energy. It generates heat and friction, leading to protein denaturation and dissection of the tonsils.
In this procedure, the surgeon uses low-energy electrocautery to remove the inflamed tonsils. It is one of the oldest or most conventional methods for tonsil removal.
A cold knife dissection is traditional open surgery for tonsil removal. The surgeon uses a ‘cold’ or sharp knife to cut the tonsils and their capsules from the surrounding tissues.
Tonsillectomy has a mildly negative effect on the patient’s voice during the recovery period due to alteration of the dimensions and breathing space of the oropharynx. However, there are no adverse effects on speech or voice performance in the long term.
Tonsillectomy is very effective in reducing snoring, especially in people whose snoring is connected to breathing difficulties due to enlarged tonsils. However, a septoplasty is recommended for patients if they want to completely eliminate snoring as the most common cause of snoring is deviated nasal septum.
No, since tonsillectomy is performed under anesthesia, it is not painful at all. There is some degree of pain and discomfort after the surgery, however, that is managed through rest and over-the-counter medication.
Usually, patients are discharged within 24 hours of the surgery and can recover at home after that. It is advised to avoid strenuous activities such as running, exercising, etc., for at least a week. Complete recovery after a tonsillectomy occurs within 10-14 days.
If you have any tonsil or other throat-related problems, you should consult an otolaryngologist or an ENT specialist. An ENT specialist is adept at diagnosing and treating all conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat.
If you are suffering from tonsillitis or any other throat infection, you can book an appointment with the best ENT doctors in Chandigarh at Pristyn Care.
The cost of common tonsillectomy procedures that are performed by expert ENT specialists are:
This is the average cost of the treatment package at Pristyn Care, including all our auxiliary services. However, it is an arbitrary cost and can vary based on factors like postoperative complications, patient’s health condition and comorbidities, etc.
The choice of treatment for the patient depends on a lot of factors like the patient’s budget, health condition, preference, insurance coverage, etc. Though no treatment can be called the ‘best,’ treatments like electrocautery, harmonic scalpel, and radiofrequency ablation have a better recovery period and fewer postoperative complications over traditional treatments like cold dissection.
Tonsillectomy is usually not performed in the following cases:
If not treated in time, tonsillitis can turn into a serious condition. Frequent tonsillitis can make it hard to breathe and swallow. It can also lead to sleeping disorders like snoring and sleep apnea.
Untreated, infected tonsils can even lead to the formation of abscesses in the throat. It may even lead to obesity and heart problems over a long time.
Tonsil stones, also known as tonsilloliths, are hard pebble-like areas on the tonsils that develop due to mineral deposits, food debris, or bacterial/fungal infection. In the initial stages, stones can be removed without surgery, however, for severe cases, tonsillectomy is generally recommended.
Yes, most major health insurance providers cover tonsillectomy surgery. However, the extent of the coverage depends on the policy. If you are unsure about the terms of your policy, you can connect with our dedicated insurance team who will take care of the entire insurance claim and documentation process.
Yes, in patients with frequent throat infections, joint tonsil and adenoid removal is recommended by most ENT doctors. This procedure is known as T&A surgery or tonsilloadenoidectomy.
A tonsillotomy is the partial removal of tonsils, while tonsillectomy is the complete removal of the tonsils. Tosnillotomies are generally performed in children and are very effective in resolving upper-airway obstructive symptoms for SDB in children. They also promise less pain, easier recovery, and better food intake, while maintaining the immunological function of the tonsils.
After you’ve had a tonsillectomy, it is very important to take care of your nutrition and diet to make sure that your recovery is not impeded. Food habits you should adopt during the recovery period after tonsillectomy are:
During your recovery period, it is important to focus on the proper diet as certain foods may improve recovery while others may impede it. Some foods you should avoid during your recovery period are:
Although relatively safe, tonsillectomy is major surgery. If not performed properly, it can lead to serious complications. That’s why it is necessary to select an expert ENT specialist for your tonsil surgery. Possible complications of tonsillectomy surgery are:
In children below 5 years of age, tonsillectomy can even cause serious complications like hemorrhage, anesthetic death, infection, nasopharyngeal stenosis, patulous eustachian tube, and hypernasality.
You can book an appointment with the best ENT specialists for tonsillectomy surgery near you by the following methods:
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