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Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure in which both palatine tonsils are fully removed from the back of the throat. Visit Pristyn Care and undergo a safe and effective tonsillectomy surgery in India. We work with expert and experienced ENT surgeons who have years of experience in performing various surgeries, including tonsillectomy. Book an appointment with us now.

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  • What is a tonsillectomy?

    Tonsillectomy is the surgical procedure to remove tonsils. Tonsils are two fleshy, oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat. Tonsillectomy surgery is the most effective and long-lasting treatment for sore throat. It drastically improves the quality of life for people suffering from chronic tonsillitis. 

    It also helps in treating breathing and other problems related to enlarged tonsils and rare diseases of the tonsils. The recovery time for a tonsillectomy is usually at least 10 days to 2 weeks. However, the recovery period can vary from person to person, depending on their overall health condition.

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    When is a Tonsils Operation (Tonsillectomy) required?

    Tonsillectomy is required to treat the following conditions:

    • Recurring, chronic, or severe infection of the tonsils
    • Breathing problems due to swollen/enlarged tonsils
    • Frequent and loud snoring due to airway obstruction 
    • Sleep apnea, i.e., a sleep disorder characterized by interrupted or shallow breathing during sleep due to swollen tonsils
    • Recurrent bleeding of the tonsils or blood vessels surrounding the tonsils
    • Severe halitosis (bad breath) due to tonsillar debris
    • Tonsil stones
    • Tonsil cancer
    • Tonsillar abscess, i.e., collection of pus behind the tonsils 

    Tonsillectomy is also considered if the symptoms related to tonsillitis, such as pain and difficulty in swallowing, breathing difficulties, sleep apnea, swelling in the neck glands, etc., severely impact your life. 

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    Types of Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)

    Different types of tonsillectomy surgery are as follows:

    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.

    In this surgery, 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.

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    Diagnosis Before Tonsillectomy Surgery

    Prior to the surgery, a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation is necessary to determine the severity of the condition and ensure that tonsillectomy is the appropriate treatment. The ENT doctor will perform the following diagnostic tests:

    • Physical examination: The doctor will inspect the throat for any abnormalities, such as growths or rashes, and check the neck lymph nodes for signs of infection. They may also assess breath sounds to evaluate potential lung involvement.
    • Throat swab: A sample of throat discharge will be collected using a sterilized swab for laboratory culture. This helps identify the specific pathogen causing the infection and guides appropriate medication selection. Additional samples may be taken from the nose and larynx if there are associated infections like sinusitis or pulmonary infection.

    In some cases, additional diagnostic tests such as a complete blood count (CBC), X-ray, or CT scan may be required for more severe presentations.

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    What happens during Tonsils Removal Procedure?

    Tonsillectomy surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia to ensure a pain-free experience for the patient. Once the diagnosis is established, the surgeon and patient collaborate to determine the most suitable treatment approach. Coblation and cauterization tonsillectomy are commonly regarded as the most effective techniques to remove tonsils.

    During electrocautery or cauterization tonsillectomy, the surgeon employs low-energy electrocautery to remove the inflamed tonsils. Coblation tonsillectomy, on the other hand, utilizes low-temperature radiofrequency and a saline solution to gently and precisely extract the tonsils. Both methods minimize damage to surrounding tissues, leading to a faster recovery.

    The tonsillectomy procedure generally lasts around 20-30 minutes, after which the patient is transferred to a recovery ward. In most cases, patients are discharged within 24 hours, even if they undergo overnight observation in the hospital.

    Benefits of Tonsil surgery for Tonsillitis

    Some common benefits of tonsil surgery are as follows:

    Preparation before Tonsils surgery

    Before undergoing a surgical procedure, it is essential for the physician to assess the individual’s medical history and current medications. This evaluation provides a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s overall health status. 

    Listed below are some preparation tips to follow before tonsils surgery:

    Recovery After Tonsillectomy

    After a tonsillectomy, it usually takes around 2-3 weeks to fully recover. To facilitate your recovery, here are some simple tips to follow:

    Please note that these tips are general recommendations, and it’s crucial to follow the specific instructions provided by your surgeon or healthcare team for your individual recovery.

    Risk & Complications Associated With Tonsillectomy

    Tonsillectomy, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks:

    It’s important to remember that these risks are generally low, and healthcare professionals take precautions to minimize them.

    Lifestyle Changes After Tonsils Removal Surgery

    Following a tonsillectomy, the ENT surgeon typically provides post-operative instructions that are important to adhere to for a smooth and prompt recovery. Immediately after the surgery, scabs may form in the area where the tonsils were removed. These scabs typically remain in place for approximately 5 to 10 days before naturally falling off. However, if they detach prematurely, it can lead to bright red bleeding, necessitating medical attention.

    The recovery period after a tonsillectomy generally spans around 2-3 weeks, but this duration can vary depending on the patient’s overall health. Once you consult with the doctor, you can return to work within two weeks after the procedure. To alleviate discomfort and expedite recovery during this time, the following lifestyle changes can be helpful.

    Remember, it is important to adhere to your surgeon’s specific instructions and recommendations to ensure a smooth and successful recovery following tonsil removal surgery.

    Tonsillectomy Cost in India

    The overall cost of tonsillectomy surgery in India ranges from INR. 40,000 to INR. 60,000. However, the cost is variable and depends on a variety of factors, including:

    Tonsils Removal Surgery Coverage Under Insurance

    Yes, tonsillectomy is generally covered by most major insurance policies, however, this coverage may be subject to specific policy terms such as waiting period, sub-limit, etc. If you are unsure about your insurance policy coverage, you must contact your insurance provider to find out your exact policy terms and coverage.

    Non-surgical Treatment of Tonsil Infection


    Here are some medications that may be prescribed for tonsil infections:

    Home Remedies 

    Here are some home remedies that can provide relief for tonsil infections:

    While these non-surgical treatments can alleviate symptoms and aid healing, they may not fully address chronic or recurrent tonsil infections. In such cases, surgical interventions like tonsillectomy (tonsil removal) may be recommended. Consult a medical professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

    Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

    Before surgery, you must ask the following questions to your surgeon to have a better understanding of the procedure and the risks and complications associated with it:

    FAQs Around Tonsillectomy

    How long will I have to skip work after a tonsillectomy?

    At most you may have to skip work for about 2-3 days after a tonsillectomy, especially if you have a desk job. However, if you have a physically straining job, you may need to forego work for at least a week.

    Is there a difference between the tonsillectomy procedures for kids and adults?

    No, the tonsillectomy procedure remains almost the same for both kids and adults. The size of the endoscope and laser may be different depending on the size of the throat opening, but the rest of the surgery remains the same.

    Can tonsillitis recur after tonsillectomy?

    No, tonsillectomy is the removal of tonsils, permanently in most cases, therefore, the recurrence of tonsillitis after a tonsillectomy is incredibly rare.

    How much pain will I be in after a tonsillectomy?

    There is very little pain after a tonsillectomy and it can be easily managed through NSAID painkillers, such as ibuprofen, paracetamol, etc.

    Can my family doctor perform a tonsillectomy?

    No, you should consult an ENT specialist for the best tonsillectomy procedure without any postsurgical complications.

    How serious is a tonsillectomy for adults?

    Tonsillectomy surgery carries certain risks like any other surgical procedure, including bleeding, headache, anesthesia-related complications, nausea, vomiting or muscle soreness, etc. However, the chances of severe complications are quite rare. 

    The seriousness of a tonsillectomy for adults depends on various factors, including the patient’s overall health and any underlying health condition of the patient.

    Is it worth removing tonsils in adults?

    Yes, the removal of tonsils in adults significantly helps in reducing the symptoms of tonsillitis, throat infections & others such as coughing, headache, high temperature, etc. It may be recommended if adults experience frequent chronic tonsillitis that significantly impacts their well-being. You must consult your healthcare to understand the severity of the condition. The decision to remove tonsils in adults is made after careful consideration and consultation with a healthcare professional.

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    Types of tonsillectomy

    Coblation tonsillectomy

    The surgeon removes the infected tonsils by eliminating the surrounding tissues that attach them to the pharynx using low radiofrequency and a saline solution. The saline cools down the heat from the radiofrequency before it can damage the surrounding tissues.

    Electrocautery or Cauterization

    In this treatment, the surgeon removes the infected tonsils by simply burning away the infected tissues through electric cauterization.

    Cold knife dissection

    As the name suggests, the surgeon ablates the swollen tonsils using a steel scalpel. There is no pain since the patient is under anesthesia, however, the risk of bleeding is high. It is the conventional treatment technique and is usually not preferred nowadays.

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