Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy ton-sih-LEK-tuh-me is the surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat  one tonsil on each side. A tonsillectomy was once a common procedure to treat infection and inflammation of the tonsils tonsillitis. Today, a tonsillectomy is usually performed for sleep-disordered breathing but may still be a treatment when tonsillitis occurs frequently or doesn't respond to other treatments. A tonsillectomy may also be necessary to treat breathing and other problems related to enlarged tonsils and to treat rare diseases of the tonsils. Recovery time for a tonsillectomy is usually at least 10 days to two weeks.

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