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Is a tonsillectomy considered major surgery?
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Dr. Richard Orr
Surgery - Oncology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes and no
Surgery should never be taken lightly.
Any surgery that you have is major. Having said that, tonsillectomy is an operation that carries very low risk of serious complications.

In brief: Yes and no
Surgery should never be taken lightly.
Any surgery that you have is major. Having said that, tonsillectomy is an operation that carries very low risk of serious complications.
Dr. Richard Orr
Dr. Richard Orr
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Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
Family Medicine
In brief: All surgery w/risk
Any surgery can have complications, and should only be undergone if necessary.
Tonsillectomy in adults is extremely painful.

In brief: All surgery w/risk
Any surgery can have complications, and should only be undergone if necessary.
Tonsillectomy in adults is extremely painful.
Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
Dr. Julia Pewitt Kinder
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
In brief: Not usually
Most tonsillectomies done in children are relatively quick procedures.
There can be, though, major complications like bleeding and airway obstruction. Tonsillectomy in adults can be more involved if they are done to treat obstructive sleep apnea or cancer. In patients with osa or morbid obesity, you may be required to stay overnight to ensure your ability to breathe through post-op swelling.

In brief: Not usually
Most tonsillectomies done in children are relatively quick procedures.
There can be, though, major complications like bleeding and airway obstruction. Tonsillectomy in adults can be more involved if they are done to treat obstructive sleep apnea or cancer. In patients with osa or morbid obesity, you may be required to stay overnight to ensure your ability to breathe through post-op swelling.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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