Tonsils and adenoids are lymphoid tissue at the back of the throat and nose. After the age of 2-3, they have no useful function. Studies have shown that children who have tonsils/adenoids removed suffer no loss in their immunity to diseases.
Tonsils and Adenoids can cause several problems. These include the following:
Tonsils may cause problems if they are repeated infected. It often presents with frequent sore throats with fever, requiring frequent use of antibiotics.
2) Snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea
Large tonsils may cause obstruction to breathing while sleeping. It often presents with snoring. This raises the concern of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). If left untreated, this may cause multiple health, including a higher risk of heart problems, hypertension and stroke.
The surgery called Tonsillectomy or Adenoidectomy is done under general anaesthesia. It is a simple procedure, which takes about 35 minutes and it is done through the mouth and nose with no external scars.
The patient can drink and eat soon after the effects of general anaesthesia wear off. Soft diet is recommended during recovery and ice cream and cooled drinks are encouraged after surgery.