Although many people have had their tonsils removed or know somebody who has, not everybody knows exactly what the tonsils do. The nurse wearing women’s scrubs can tell you all about the procedure when you go see her at your local doctor’s office.
Tonsils are lumps of tissue that are located on either side of the back of the throat. They trap bacteria and viruses that are entering the throat and help to fight infections. If you need to have a tonsillectomy, that means that you need to have your tonsils removed. You will need to have a tonsillectomy if you have tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is what happens when tonsils become infected by the bacteria or viruses. When they become infected, the tonsils become red and swollen or they may have a white or yellow coating on them. Sore throat, pain or discomfort when swallowing, fever, raspy white, swollen glands in the neck are all other symptoms of tonsillitis. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you need to see your doctor as soon as possible. Your nurse wearing sale scrubs will run some tests to determine whether you have tonsillitis or if your tonsils are just normally large.
If you do find out that you have tonsillitis, you may not actually have to have a tonsillectomy. Due to the success of antibiotics, surgery is no longer the standard treatment like it was many years ago. If you leave the tonsils alone, they may eventually shrink on their own. If you get tonsillitis often or your swollen tonsils make it hard to breathe or swallow the doctor wearing scrub jackets will most likely recommend that you receive a tonsillectomy. If you don’t get your swollen tonsils removed you could find yourself with obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition that causes you to stop breathing during your sleep.
If you need a tonsillectomy, your doctor will place you under general anesthesia to begin the procedure. The surgeon will then remove your tonsils through the mouth without making a cut on the skin. After the tonsils are removed you will be taken to recovery. Most people are only in the hospital for a total of five to ten hours, but some extreme cases will require an overnight stay at the hospital. After the tonsillectomy, your throat will be extremely sore and sensitive. Eating things like popsicles, ice cream, pudding and plenty of fruit juice will go down the easiest. It could take up to a week or more to fully recover from your procedure.