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Tonsil & Adenoid Removal

Normal and Inflamed Tonsils

The tonsils are a pair of tissue clusters located on the back of the throat, at the sides. Adenoids sit high up in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth. Tonsils and adenoids often are removed because they can become enflamed and block the upper airway. This can of course lead to breathing difficulty. They are also removed when antibiotics fail to treat recurrent infections in the tonsils or chronic strep throat. Most often, the surgery is performed on children.

When the tonsils are removed, it is called a tonsillectomy, while removal of adenoids is an adenoidectomy. Both can be performed at the same time. If you hear of a T&A, this is when both are done at the same time. It is an outpatient surgery lasting between 30 and 45 minutes. It is performed under general anesthesia and young patients are often kept at the clinic for several hours after surgery just for observation.