If you have been suffering from complications with your tonsils or adenoids, you may be considering having your tonsils removed. How can you be sure surgical treatment will make a difference? Will a tonsil removal or adenoidectomy resolve issues with tonsiliths?
Prior to surgical treatment, your health care provider may consider less invasive treatment methods. This may include self or in-office removal of the tonsil stones using a curette or cotton swab, surgical removal of the tonsiliths alone, laser cryptolysis, or pulsating irrigation (stone removal with water).
When tonsil stones are recurrent and begin to cause problems such as bad breath or enlargement of the tonsils or adenoids due to infection or irritation, surgery often becomes the most effective treatment. Although having your tonsils removed is considered radical treatment, the surgery is quite common and very safe.
If you need to have your tonsils removed, you will be put under general anesthesia for the procedure. Using a scalpel or electrocautery, the surgeon will perform the tonsillectomy, removing the tonsils from the connective tissue. Cauterization, surgical sutures, and packing may be used to stop bleeding and close the wound.
Upon waking from your surgery, you may require a short hospital stay. Initial discomfort from the surgery may last from 10 to 20 days. A soft diet and a focus on hydration is required during the recovery period.
Tonsillectomy can eliminate tonsil stones, enlargement, and infection. While having your tonsils removed is a major event, you may find that the improvement in your quality of life more than makes up for the discomfort.