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Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital, #10-39/40

Tonsils & Adenoids


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:

1) Tonsillitis

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.


About the Surgery


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.


Mt Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-39/40
Singapore 329563

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 830am to 5pm
Saturday: 830am to 1230pm
T: +65 6339 8939

Mt Alvernia Medical Centre D
820 Thomson Road, #07-65
Singapore 574623

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 830am to 5pm
Saturday: 830am to 1230pm
T: +65 6258 8638 F: 6258 8632