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What is Tonsillectomy?

14:24 - 9 April , 2021

Medical procedure



The procedure consists of removing the tonsils. Most cases are children, although, to a lesser extent, it also occurs in adults. Its practice is necessary when tonsillitis is continuous or is so severe that it affects the quality of life through frequent seizures and fever, breathing difficulties or swallowing, which affects growth in children and the hours of sleep.

Recovery from a tonsillectomy takes one to two weeks, depending on the specific case.


  • Allergy to anesthesia: headache and muscle pain, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting; although it is also possible, but rare, that it causes more serious problems. 
  • Swelling of the tongue and palate: shortness of breath in the first hours after the operation.
  • Bleeding in surgery or in the healing process. 
  • Surgical wound infections. 

How to prepare for tonsillectomy

There are a series of recommendations that your ABC doctor will give you, follow them or make sure that your child follows them: 

  • Avoid ingesting aspirin or blood thinners 15 days before the procedure.
  • Refrain from ingesting liquids and food for at least 12 hours before surgery. 
  • Fix unfinished business keeping in mind that you will need one to two weeks to recover, or sometimes a little longer.

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