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can you request to have your tonsils removed

A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Astrachan
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
It hurts: You are sacrificing 10 days to 2 weeks with a sore throat for hopefully no further episodes of tonsillitis or obstruction. It is a very common operati ... Read More
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Should not worry.: Tonsillectomies are one of the more common ENT procedures performed. After surgery you will have the equivalent of a really bad sore throat for about ... Read More

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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
No,but why?: Why do you want to have your tonsils removed? If there is no medical reason for the procedure then it is dangerous, as is any surgical procedure. If ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Jaindl
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes, If you can...: Find a surgeon who'll do it. Most surgeons i know do not like to remove tonsils on adult males unless there is a clear indication because the risks o ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Whitman
44 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes if infected: An ENT doc should evaluate this--if this is a chronic infection they will recommend removal.
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Tonsils: The same risk as in younger age. You need the right ENT surgeon to see to it that there is no complicating factor to do the tonsillectomy at this age ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Don't know enough: about your history to answer that.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
You shouldn't unless: You meet surgical criteria. There was a time when tonsillectomies were done routinely without a specific indication. If you are having problems - see ... Read More
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A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
ENT Dr, can evaluate: The more common reasons for getting tonsils removed are: snoring, sleep apnea, frequent tonsil infections, and persistently enlarged tonsils with "cry ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
39 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Worse for adults than children. Depends on a lot of things such as size of tonsils, how often inflamed, technique of surgery, etc.
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Daniela Torres
Specializes in Medicina General
See below : Hi, tonsils are important for our immune system they’re only to be surgically removed if they are not working properly anymore due to cronic infection ... Read More

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