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Tonsillectomy (Tonsil Removal Surgery)

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Tonsillectomy (Tonsil Removal Surgery) for Sleep Apnea

What is a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is an inpatient or outpatient surgery that removes enlarged tonsils to open up the airway and provide relief from symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. Enlarged tonsils may obstruct the airway during sleep, as well as cause difficulty during normal breathing or eating. Although the tonsils play a part in the function of the immune system, studies have shown that removing part of the tonsils does not negatively affect an individual’s immune system. A tonsillectomy is typically done under general anesthesia.

Why is tonsillectomy surgery performed?

A tonsillectomy is performed by a surgeon after collaboration with the board-certified ears, nose, and throat otorhinolaryngologist (ENT) and allied specialists at Sinus Center LA. The surgery can treat:

  • Chronically infected tonsils
  • Tonsil stones
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Snoring and sleep apnea caused by enlarged tonsils

What does tonsillectomy surgery involve?

Patients undergoing tonsillectomy surgery are first given a general anesthesia to keep the procedure as painless as possible. The doctor will then depress (or push down on) the tongue in order to see into the throat. The tonsils are then carefully removed using specialized medical instruments. The entire surgery can be completed within 30 to 45 minutes.

What are the benefits of having a tonsillectomy?

Benefits of tonsillectomy surgery include:

  • Continued relief from airway obstruction
  • Improved sleep quality
  • Decreased frequency of ear, nose, and throat illnesses
  • Tonsillectomy in adults shows relief within 7 to 10 days after surgery
  • Decreased snoring
  • Reduced sleep apnea symptoms

If you are suffering from tonsil-related health problems and believe you may benefit from tonsillectomy surgery, the first step is to consult with an ear, nose, and throat expert. Specialists at Sinus Center LA in Pacific Palisades have extensive experience in treating sleep apnea with minimally invasive procedures. Fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or to learn more about Sinus Center LA’s treatment options.

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