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What is a tonsillectomy? Whether It is Good or Bad

Updated: Mar 12, 2021

What are tonsils?

Tonsils are mounds of tissue located in a pocket on both sides of the back of the throat. They are made of lymphoid tissue which help the body sample anything that comes in through the mouth to determine if any infectious organisms like bacteria or viruses are present.

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Why would you need your tonsils taken out?

Tonsils are helpful to protect the body against infection. However, in some instances your tonsils can be the thing making you sick or they can contribute to other medical problems. It can harbour harmful bacteria and cause problems in distant areas like large joints , heart , kidneys etc. If they are doing you more harm than good, then removal of the tonsils may be considered.

What are main reasons for considering tonsillectomy?

InfectionPeople can randomly get an infection now and again, but if you are getting more than the average number of infections per year or have had several infections per year for many years in a row then it might be reasonable to remove your tonsils. If your tonsil infections are due to the Streptococcus bacteria , then even fewer numbers of infections are required to consider removal.

ObstructionEnlarged tonsils can block air from passing well through your throat. This can lead to difficulties with physical activity, snoring, and in some cases obstructive sleep apnea.

Chronic tonsillitisSymptoms of this include chronic tonsillar pain, sore throat, bad breath, and tonsil stones. Infection may not be present in these cases. If this is causing social issues or significantly affecting your quality of life, then tonsillectomy may be considered.

Suspicion for cancer Tonsil masses, ulcers, and other findings like neck masses may prompt your ENT physician to biopsy or remove your tonsils to make sure these findings are not associated with cancer.

How is Tonsillectomy performed?

Tonsillectomy is performed under general anaesthesia in the operating room. The procedure for children and adults is the same, however, recovery time is slightly longer in adults. The tonsils are removed through the mouth. There are various techniques and instruments that may be used for removal, all of which have similar outcomes. The tonsils are surgically removed from the pouch in the throat where they live. Modern instrumentation like Coblator system or lasers helps in absolute bloodless field during surgery. No sutures are required. Oral fluids, soft diet, and pain medicines are given in the post-operative period.

Will I be more likely to get an infection without my tonsils?

Although the tonsils are helpful in protecting the body from infection, there are enough similar tissues elsewhere in the body that can more than make up for the loss of the infected tonsils. Studies have been performed which show no significant increase in numbers of infection after tonsillectomy. In patients who suffer from recurrent tonsillitis, usually the tonsil infections are the only reason they are ever sick. By removing the tonsils, the main offending cause is eradicated and hence ,actually help the patient end up being healthier post procedure.




Lymphoid Tissue


Streptococcus Bacteria


Sleep Apnea

Chronic Tonsillitis

Tonsil Masses


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Coblator System

For further queries about the infections, diseases, and treatments of the ear, nose or throat, Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics in Chennai, India can help in a number of ways,

Dr Mohanty’s Speciality ENT Clinics

Manapakkam, Chennai, India.

For Consultation: +91 97910 74677


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