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i'm a 22 year old female and getting a tonsilectomy. are there any major risks during surgery or after?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 28 years experience
Yes: Every surgery has risks and tonsillectomy is no different. Main risk is bleeding as it is removed from a very vascular area. There is a very minute risk of injury to the carotid artery that is deeper in the throat muscle than the tonsil. The risk exists for bleeding after surgery also. This should be explained fully by your surgeon.

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