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Do I Need To Get My Tonsils Removed
4 possible reasons: There are 4 reasons that palatine (throat) tonsils may be ethically removed. 1.) a minimum of 3 documented episodes of acute suppurative (pussy) tonsillitis annually. 2.) extreme enlargement of the tonsils resulting in a sleep disorder. 3.) foul odor to the breath resulting from food particles getting caught in the tonsillar crypts. 4.) the complication of a peritonsillar abscess. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
Tonsils out?: There are many reasons for removal of the tonsils -- recurrent tonsillits, usually at least six episodes in the last year or four episodes in the past six months; one tonsil larger than the other; large tonsils causing airway obstruction -- snoring or sleep apnea; peritonsillar abscess; and a seldom seen diphtheria carrier. ...Read more
Tonsillectomy: It depends on the reason. If you are having Chronic tonsillitis or more than 3 episodes of acute tonsillitis per year fro 2-3 years, also if you are getting painful tonsil stones as well as airway oropharyngeal obstruction due to enlarged tonsills leading to swallowing or breathing problems. Your ENT will evaluate you for tonsillectomy indications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Check with an ENT: You should visit an ent-eyes, ears, nose and throat specialist- to find out whether you need this done. Typically, if you have frequent colds, suffer from severe seasonal allergies or the tonsils are so swollen that you are having trouble breathing and/or mouth breathing, then you may likely need the procedure. ...Read more
Depends on the why: There are many good reasons for having one's tonsils removed. There are also plenty of bad reasons. If you visit with an ENT s/he can explain whether you fit one of the indications (good reasons) for surgery. You didn't give any information about symptoms/problems in your throat but frequent infections, complicated infections, abnormal size and bad breath are among the reasons to do tonsillectomy. ...Read more
Private Tonsillectomy: I would have your tonsils and adenoids evaluated by an ear,nose, and throat specialist. If they feel that they need to be removed this can be done privately in an outpatient setting. Occasionally it's required to have an inpatient stay for more complex procedures. ...Read more
Not necessarily!: Enlargement of the tonsils is not the true reason for removal. There are guidlines for tonsil removal. Recurrent strep infections (6 per year), recurring episodes of sore throat, inability to clear tonsils of tonsil-liths, foul lbreath and others. If you are having a recurring problem, see your pcp or an ent. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You missed the ideal: "window" before they are fully formed in late adolescence early adulthood - 17, 18, 19 Y.O. At this point though, if they are in your bite (occluding and aligned properly) without crowding, no periodontal pathology, no other bony pathology (cyst, etc.), able to be cleansed properly, restorable with fillings or crowns, non-abscessed - no worries then. For sure leave them intact! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only if Symptoms: App. 80% of people with gallstones never develop symptoms and need not have their gallbladder removed. However, once attacks begin, the only way to prevent them from coming back is to remove the gallbladder. Of course, every operation involves a decision regarding the risks vs. Benefits; if the risks of surgery are too high, there are alternatives that may temporize matters. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I get strip throat 1-2 times a year! I'm 19 and want to get my tonsils removed so I don't get it anymore. How can I get them removed?
Discuss with ENT: Ask your physician for a referral to discuss your concerns with an ENT specialist. These surgeons are the ones who would perform the surgery; however, know that they will likely not take out your tonsils for occasional strep throat. There are risks to any surgery and risk/benefits needs to be weighed. Either way, they can examine you, let you know the parameters they use to decide on removal. ...Read more
I need to get braces but my dentist says i may need to get my wisdom teeth extracted if I do when will i be able to get my braces on?
Braces + ext's: You, the dentist removing the teeth, and the orthodontist can best answer your question and coordinate your treatment. You can continue with treatment as soon as you are felling up to it. A week or two is usually more than adequate time. The ease or difficulty of the extractions plays an important role in determining when you will feel up to it. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Wisdom teeth: Ideally, wisdom teeth that either will not be able to erupt into their correct position or have erupted but are, or are likely to cause problems should be removed between the ages of 16 and 19. If you are 50 years old as you indicated, you should see an oral surgeon to determine whether it is better to remove the wisdom teeth or not at this time. One has to weigh potential risks vs. Benefits. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Don't try: Medical procedures are not done just because a patient requests them. If your ENT doctor doesn't think tonsillectomy is recommended or required, you should accept that advice, or maybe ask for referral to someone else for a second opinion. You definitely should not keep trying to "convince" the doctor just because you think it might be a good idea. ...Read more
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