Voice, Swallowing & Throat Disorders

About Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy is a surgical operation where the palatine tonsils are removed. The palatine tonsils are a pair of lymphoid tissues located at the sides of the throat. 

It is one of the most common ENT operations performed, both in adults and children. The reason/s tonsillectomy may be recommended for you or your child include:

  • Recurrent tonsillitis
  • Previous peritonsillar abscess (quinsy)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
  • Diagnosis of cancer (eg. lymphoma)

The operation is performed entirely through the mouth with the patient under general anaesthesia,  Thus there are no external scars. A variety of techniques can be used to remove the tonsils: electrocautery (most common), cold steel (surgical knife) or Coblation.

Many patients or parents will be concerned that their immune system will be adversely affected after tonsillectomy. However, there is no evidence that this is the case. In fact, when tonsillectomy is indicated, the tonsils are no longer normal and patients benefit from the removal.

Another frequent misunderstanding is that once you have had tonsillectomy, you cannot get a sore throat again. This is absolutely incorrect. What the evidence and patients´ experience show is that future episode of throat infections are less frequent, less severe and of shorter duration.