Tonsils are glands in the back of your throat that are part of the immune system. Tonsils, though, can become infected themselves, and may require a tonsillectomy. Fortunately, we have plenty of other glands or lymph nodes in the neck that more than compensate for the loss of the tonsils.
Causes of tonsil problems:
Bacterial or viral infections, tonsil stones, masses or lesions of the tonsils.
Symptoms of tonsil problems:
Recurrent or persistent sore throat, coughing up tonsil stones, snoring, choking at night (apnea), difficulty swallowing.
Tonsillectomy involves removing the tonsils through the mouth and is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the United States. Dr. Davis performs this outpatient procedure, which typically takes less than 45 minutes, in a nearby operating room. Children recover from the inevitable sore throat in about a week and are usually heartened by eating popsicles or ice cream. For adults, recovery takes about two weeks. Medications are of course prescribed to help ease the recovery.
*Results may vary and are not guaranteed*