Have you or your child ever had tonsillitis? That's when the tonsils, in the back of the throat, get sore and infected. If tonsillitis happens to you or your little one often, the doctor may suggest an operation to remove the tonsils. This operation is called a tonsillectomy.
The tonsils are two lumps of tissue that work as germ fighters for your body. The trouble is that sometimes germs like to hang out there, where they cause infections. In other words, instead of fighting infections, the tonsils become infected.
After a tonsillectomy operation, you or your child will not experience as many sore throats as before. Without tonsils, you won't look any different and won't have any scars that anyone can see. You don't needyour tonsils, so the body keeps on working just fine even after they've been removed.
But how do doctors get the tonsils out of your throat? Will it hurt?
The night before the surgery, you won't be allowed to eat or drink anything after dinner. The operation is done under anesthetics. The surgery lasts for only 30 minutes. You might have a sore throat and a slight earache after the surgery. Try to drink lots of fluids afterward. You may go home the same day or you might have to stay overnight depending on your situation.
You will have to take it easy for a few days after the surgery and stick to eating soft foods. If your child has undergone a tonsillectomy, you will have to keep him or her out of school for a few days. You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection.
If you or your child suffers from tonsillitis often, speak to your doctor about a tonsillectomy, if the tonsils are removed, you will feel like a million bucks again.