Tonsil Removal (Tonsillectomy) for Children
What is a tonsillectomy for children?
Tonsillectomy is the medical procedure that removes the tonsils, or the lumps of tissue that sit at the back of the throat. The surgery is no longer as common due to the belief that the tonsils may play a role in our immune system’s effectiveness. However, tonsil removal is still used in certain situations. Enlarged tonsils in children (also known as pediatric tonsillitis) that do not resolve after a period of time, pediatric tonsillectomy may be necessary.
Why is pediatric tonsil surgery performed?
Tonsillectomy in children and infants younger than 12 months can be performed when tonsils have become swollen and impact the child’s breathing. Other reasons for undergoing tonsillectomy surgery include:
- Ongoing or recurring tonsillitis
- Repeat throat infections
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Snoring caused by enlarged tonsils
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) due to enlarged tonsils
What does pediatric tonsil surgery involve?
Tonsillectomy surgery is usually an outpatient surgery for children and adults, but sometimes requires an overnight stay at a hospital. A general anesthetic is used during the procedure to prevent any pain or discomfort.
After the procedure, young children may feel “out of it” for up to 10 days, but generally are well enough to return to everyday activities after a few days. Infants may have different procedures and responses to the surgery. Discuss infant tonsil surgery with your doctor at New York ENT.
What are the benefits of undergoing pediatric tonsil surgery?
Benefits of undergoing pediatric tonsillectomy may include:
- Relief from tonsillitis in children
- Improved OSA symptoms
- Reduced snoring
- Throat comfort and ease of breathing and swallowing
If your child is suffering from enlarged tonsils, the first step is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience performing tonsillectomy for children. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at (212) 873-6168 to schedule an appointment today.