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Tonsils Removal Surgery (Tonsillectomy)

Underlying Problem Tonsils Removal Surgery:
Tonsils removal surgery is commonly referred to as a tonsillectomy. It is necessitated by an uncomfortable illness (tonsillitis) that presents with a sore throat, fever, chills, headache, and a change in the voice. The tonsils in the back of the throat will be swollen and may show white spots that contain pus. This can be caused by either a virus or bacteria. A tonsillectomy is usually performed when the patient has repeated instances of tonsillitis, suffers from sleep apnea because of enlarged tonsils or adenoids, or has extremely large tonsils with crypts. A single occurrence of tonsillitis is probably not enough to indicate tonsils removal surgery.

Treatment:
Tonsillitis is generally treated by managing the pain or with antibiotics if the infection is bacterial. Topical anesthetics may be used as pain relief, and anti-inflammatory medications can also offer relief. It is only when the tonsillitis is chronic that a tonsillectomy is warranted.

There are several approaches to tonsils removal surgery. The most common method utilizes scissors, foreceps, and a wire loop and is referred to as \"dissection and snare\". The tonsils can also be burned away using the electrocautery method. This may reduce bleeding but does cause thermal injury and may cause greater post-operative discomfort. Other methods include thermal welding, carbon dioxide laser, radiofrequency ablation, and harmonic scalpel. Each is used according to the preference of the doctor performing the tonsillectomy.

Recovery from Tonsils Removal Surgery:
Tonsils removal surgery is performed in a hospital and will usually require one and a half to three weeks for recovery. During this time, patients will likely be prescribed pain killers and will have a somewhat limited diet to avoid irritating the throat. The site of the surgery will scab, and when the scabs slough off, at about one week, there may be some bleeding.

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