Tonsils & Adenoids
What are Tonsils?
The tonsils are two oval-shaped pads located in the back of the throat on each side. The tonsils are part of the lymphatic system, which helps to fight infections. However, removal of the tonsils does not seem to increase susceptibility to infection.
Tonsil Removal Symptoms
- Painful or difficult swallowing.
- Enlarged or swollen lymph nodes, or glands, in the neck.
- A white or yellow coating on the tonsils.
- Severe or a recurring sore throat.
What is Tonsillectomy?
A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. Tonsillectomy procedure is much more common for children than for adults. The surgery is most often an outpatient procedure and uses a general anesthetic for children. Adults may require only a local anesthetic to numb the area.
When is a Tonsillectomy Needed?
Tonsil removal or tonsillectomy is needed when an individual has recurring episodes of tonsillitis or an infection that has not improved with other treatment. In some cases, it may be performed if enlarged tonsils block normal breathing. This can lead to problems such as sleep apnea and difficulty eating. Occasionally, a tonsillectomy may be performed to treat cancer.
What Are Adenoids?
Adenoids are small lumps of tissue in the back of the throat that help fight ear, nose, and throat infections. It is a mass of lymphatic tissue situated posterior to the nasal cavity, where the nose blends into the throat.
What is Adenoidectomy?
An adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of the adenoid glands. Adenoidectomies are commonly performed in children. The adenoids usually shrink by adolescence, so adults rarely undergo the procedure.
Why Are Adenoids Removed?
Adenoid removal may be needed if the adenoids become infected and swell up, blocking the nose and making it difficult to breathe. Swollen adenoids may also result in sleep apnea, chronic snoring, ear infections, and difficulty swallowing.
Swollen adenoids are often associated with tonsillitis and may be removed as part of an operation to remove the tonsils. This procedure is called an adenotonsillectomy.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are having difficulty swallowing or breathing, Contact our office at 972.984.1050 to schedule an appointment. Our practice serves McKinney, Allen, Plano and surrounding areas in Texas.