The tonsils can play a major role in the early detection of infection, however many find their tonsils are more burdening than functional…
The tonsils are a group of glandular tissue located at the back of the mouth, and it is theorised that the function of the tonsil is to actually detect infection and act as a catalyst in conducting an inflammatory response.
Unfortunately some people are susceptible to tonsil infection, known as tonsillitis. When a patient suffers more than six recurrent outbreaks in one year or four outbreaks per year over two consecutive years, a tonsillectomy (a surgery where we remove the tonsils) may be considered beneficial. Our surgeons from ENT Surgeons of Melbourne will be able to assess your child’s condition to determine whether they will require surgery.
How is a tonsillectomy performed?
This type of surgery requires general anaesthetic, and once the patient is under, the tonsils are removed through the mouth. There are many different types of medical techniques our elite surgeons can use in order to remove the tonsils, and all options will be discussed with you prior to treatment.
How much down time will there be?
In some cases children under five years of age are suitable to go home the same day after surgery, however those aged between 5 and 15 will need to be assessed for their rate of recovery after the procedure. Adults are usually kept overnight.