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Dr. Dale Tylor
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Removal Of Tonsils (Overview)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils.


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Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Removal of tonsil stones from vallecula?

Not from vallecula: The vallecula is a gutter between the epiglottis and base of tongue that is covered with the lingual tonsils. The palatine tonsils sit just lateral to, the vallecula. Tonsil stones are usually from actinomyces bacteria from the mouth that get into crypts in the tonsils and could spill into the vallecula. Normal swallowing should be able to clear the vallecula. ...Read more

Dr. Dale Tylor
415 Doctors shared insights

Removal Of Tonsils (Overview)

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils.


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Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Removal of tonsils in most of my boomer adult friends. Why did they do that to us kids?

Pressing reality: The push to avoid the dreaded tonsillitis had been commonplace for a hundred years, before antibiotics & general anesthesia. It was a socially acceptable approach to a frequent problem & we had little research to counter demand, similar to bloodletting & purges. Once the process was studied & detail & we understood the immune system better, the docs pushed back. ...Read more

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Can I give chlorseptic after removal of tonsils?

Can I give chlorseptic after removal of tonsils?

Yes: Chloroseptic spray in moderation is okay to use after tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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What can I do for bad breath after removal of tonsils?

What can I do for bad breath after removal of tonsils?

Decrease bacteria level: If the bad breath is coming from plaque buildup and bacteria buildup you need to use a tongue scraper and brush and floss your teeth to keep the bacteria level down. ...Read more

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Fibrotic tonsil need removal of tonsil? Otherwise bacteria can enter in blood if we won't remove them? Is it true?

Fibrotic tonsil need removal of tonsil? Otherwise bacteria can enter in blood if we won't remove them? Is it true?

Fibrosis: May be from scarring- unless the tonsil is chronically infected as determined by throat culture, it is not mandatory to remove it; howver if infected or necrotic, it must be addressed and re-examined. ...Read more

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Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Is removal of tonsils a "must" for sleep apnea?

Only for children: Tonsillectomy is the first line treatment for sleep apnea in children. For adults, tonsillectomy will not cure sleep apnea, it is not normally recommended unless tonsils are unusually enlarged. ...Read more

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Would removal of tonsils be effective at turning rheumatoid arthritis around?

Would removal of tonsils be effective at turning rheumatoid arthritis around?

No: We have no data to suggest that would be effective. Rheumatic fever occurs after a streptococcus infection and tonsillectomy may help prevent strep infections. ...Read more

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Will a humidifier help with mouth breathing after removal of tonsils & deviated septum surgery? Been suffering with sleep b/c of a dry mouth @ night.

Will a humidifier help with mouth breathing after removal of tonsils & deviated septum surgery? Been suffering with sleep b/c of a dry mouth @ night.

Yes: Yes but the surgery itself should have helped with mouth breathing. If you are several weeks post op, you should have your surgeon recheck things. But the added humidity should make you feel more comfortable. ...Read more

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What are the important disorders that is required for removal of enlarged tonsils.?

Several: More common indications for tonsillectomy: chronic tonsillitis, airway blockage (e.g. Obstructive sleep apnea), and tonsil cancer. Some patients with lymphoproliferative disorders or metastatic cancer from an unknown source may undergo diagnostic tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Is it normal to lose taste buds after the removal of the tonsils and adenoids?

Taste and tonsils: Generally speaking taste is the domain of the taste buds located on the posterior section of the tongue. Removal of tonsils and adenoids should not affect taste directly. However occasionally post operatively the taste buds are affected with symptoms of decreased sense of taste. It should resolve over the matter of weeks. If persistent I would follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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Help docs, is getting rid of tonsil stones worth the removal of the tonsils?

Maybe: Tonsil stones are just particles of food and mucous that have been pushed into the crypts or infolds of the tonsils during the act of swallowing. They are harmless and common. If the problem is associated with chronic pain, halitosis or infection then it may be worth it to you to undergo tonsillectomy. ...Read more

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Removal of enlarged tonsils, 20 lb wt loss cured severe osa. Debating orthodontic braces but need teeth extracted. Can teeth removals reintroduce osa?

Removal of enlarged tonsils, 20 lb wt loss cured severe osa. Debating orthodontic braces but need teeth extracted. Can teeth removals reintroduce osa?

NO: But, correcting a bad bite will make your life more comfortable. If you have 12 cars and 10 parking spaces the cars will not fit. The same is true with the teeth. The orthodontist can push the teeth out of the parking lot (tip them off the bone which is not healthy) or extract teeth and utilize the space to align them, you are better off to do nothing if you decline extractions. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Are there any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Not many: Generally they discourage tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy- it is usually a safe procedure for a 5 year old. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Can you tell me about any side effects for removal of adenoids and tonsils for 5 years old boy?

Ask your surgeon: There are definitely risks/side effects to discuss. Get those answers from any surgeon that is proposing surgery. ...Read more

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How risky is removal of adenoids and tonsils with a six year old? She complains of shortness of breath and gets sore throats a lot.

How risky is removal of adenoids and tonsils with a six year old? She complains of shortness of breath and gets sore throats a lot.

Benefits: Explore the benefits versus the risks with your ENT surgeon. There is a small risk of bleeding with removal of tonsils but this is carefully monitored and managed. All the best. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a tonsil removal like?

Docs, what's a tonsil removal like?

Sore throat: During removal no pain you are under anesthesia after there is swelling in the back of the throat and a sore throat for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. There occasionally os some bleeding about a week after removal so be aware of this and let your surgeon know if this bleeding happens ...Read more

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Questions on tonsil removal. Will I breathe better?

Questions on tonsil removal. Will I breathe better?

It depends: This depends upon if you have breathing problems solely due to enlarged tonsils. Your breathing is also impacted by your weight, use of or exposure to tobacco smoke, size of tonsils and adenoids, whether you have allergies or asthma. Review these questions your primary care provider and/or ear nose and throat/otorhinolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Can I eat soft pizza after the 5th day of my tonsil removal?

Can I eat soft pizza after the 5th day of my tonsil removal?

Ask your ENT: Ask your surgeon what you should or should not be eating; fair question, should have input from your doc. ...Read more

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I can hit whistle some low notes but I sound too nasally. Will tonsil removal help me with this problem?

I can hit whistle some low notes but I sound too nasally. Will tonsil removal help me with this problem?

Possible: The 3 major reasons why tonsillectomy is performed are 1.) recurrent infections, 2.) severe upper airway obstruction, and 3.) foul smelling odor caused by retained food particles in the tonsils. The tonsils are never removed electively to alter voice quality or the ability to whistle. It is true that tonsillectomy may widen the oral cavity and improve voice quality. ...Read more

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When can you request tonsil removal?

When can you request tonsil removal?

When indicated: Less and less tonsillectomies are done now a days, due to better antibiotics, improved oral hygiene, etc. See your doctor will refer you to a ENT specialist, if indicated will remove, not based on your desire to get them removed. ...Read more

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Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Is adult tonsil removal a safe procedure?

Adult tonsillectomy: Generally. Always have risk of excessive bleeding, anesthesia mishaps, post-op and delayed bleeding (7-10 days after). Risk should be minimal in properly selected patients. Performed for recurring infecting, peritonsillar abscesses, sleep apnea, cancer diagnosis. ...Read more

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Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Help please? What is a tonsil removal like?

Sore throat: The recovery has some swelling and soreness of the throat. Avoid eating mucous producing foods like ice cream and milk
Sometines there is bleeding about a week out so let your surgeon know if this happens ...Read more

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R there newer, less hideous methods of tonsil removal anywhere in the world? Something other than the horrendous conventional method?

R there newer, less hideous methods of tonsil removal anywhere in the world? Something other than the horrendous conventional method?

Maybe: There are newer methods of tonsil removal that are claimed to be less problematic, resulting in less post-operative pain or bleeding but the data which support this claim is limited. Unfortunately this is just a difficult procedure to perform without significant post-operative pain and a significant risk of post-operative bleeding. ...Read more

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Is it possible to swallow after tonsil removal?

Is it possible to swallow after tonsil removal?

Yes: As soon as swelling goes down you can swallow. Cold ice cream helps reducing inflammation and swelling. ...Read more

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What can cause bad breath after tonsils removal?

What can cause bad breath after tonsils removal?

Tonsil stone: Is very common condition. Tonsil stones are irregularly-yellowish, very bad-smelling globs of calcium, collagen, mucus and bacteria that get caught in the back of the throat. Many small tonsil stones do not cause any noticeable symptoms. The larger stones can have a major symptoms like a constant bad breath, sore throat and earache. Remove the stone with waterpik.
If concerned see ent. ...Read more

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Do you think I'll need to ask my doctor first before having tonsil removal?

Do you think I'll need to ask my doctor first before having tonsil removal?

Not really: If you saw a board certified ENT who believes you require a tonsillectomy then as long as your insurance dosent require the primary permission then there is no need to. Although it is considerate to keep them in the loop ...Read more

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