Throat Surgery Due to Tonsils

There are two types of tonsillitis treatments that are medical and surgical treatment.

Suitable antibiotics, pain killers, antipyretics and gargles are used in medical treatment.


When to recommend surgical treatment;

  • Tonsils that are large enough to block the upper respiratory tract

  • Tonsils that cause eating or swallowing disorder (dysphagia against solid food)

  • 4 acute tonsillitis in the last 12 months

  • Growth retardation

  • Recurrent tonsillitis that create gland on the neck region

There is a belief that pharyngitis is easier after tonsillectomy.


The rate of pharyngitis is the same in whether people whose tonsils are removed or not. Removing tonsils does not increase the rate of pharyngitis.


Things to take into consideration after tonsillectomy

  • It is usually necessary to pay attention to the nutrition after the operation.

  • We usually recommend cold milk, buttermilk (ayran), non-acid juices and ice cream for 4 hours after surgery.

  • On the second day that is after operation, cold yoghurt, pudding, potato puree, soft food that will not irritate the throat can be eaten.

  • On the third day that is after operation, solid foods can be eaten with bread crumbs.

  • On the fourth day that is after operation, normal food non-irritating normal food can be eaten.

  • It is necessary to stay away from physical activities for a week.

  • Postoperative days (especially first and seventh days) are very important for bleeding. For this reason, the family must be very careful in terms of bleeding. If there is any doubt about bleeding, it is absolutely necessary to consult your doctor.

When not to remove tonsils

  • In bleeding disorders

  • In acute upper respiratory tract inflammations

  • Aplastic anemia

  • In acute disease that affects heart

  • High blood pressure

  • In chronic kidney diseases

  • Children under 2 years old are in high-risk group and airway obstruction (swelling result of tonsillectomy) occurs easily. Therefore it should not be done under children under this age.




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