A tonsillectomy is a procedure that surgically removes the tonsils when they have become inflamed from infection, a condition known as tonsillitis.
Tonsils are glands at the back of your throat that help protect against infections. Unfortunately, children with large tonsils may have many sore throats and ear infections. A tonsillectomy reduces the number and frequency of throat and ear problems.
A tonsillectomy may be the right treatment choice if your child:
- Has infections often (seven or more times in one year, or five or more times over two years)
- Misses school often due to tonsillitis
- Has trouble breathing
- Has an abscess or growth on their tonsils
Sometimes the adenoids (glands that are located between the airway you breathe into through your nose and the back of your throat) are also removed at the time of the tonsillectomy. An adenoidectomy is done if your child's adenoids are enlarged or if your child suffers from chronic ear infections.