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Years ago, it was almost standard procedure for a child to have his or her tonsils removed, especially if the child suffered from sore throats and colds. The number of tonsillectomies began to decline in the sixties. The sore throats and colds, for the most part, disappeared as the child grew older, and tonsil removal was no longer deemed necessary.
Now, however, tonsillectomies are back in favor as a treatment for sleep apnea in children. As well as being a cause of sore throats and colds, enlarged tonsils block the air passages causing nighttime breathing problems. Other problems caused by enlarged tonsils are problems swallowing, fever and swollen glands.
What Are Tonsils?
Tonsils are small growths of tissue found on both sides at the back of the throat. They are meant to trap bacteria and produce antibodies to fight off infections.
Unfortunately, when tonsils become infected, they swell and cause even further problems, including sore throat and tonsillitis. If...
DefinitionAlternative NamesChildren and tonsillectomiesInformationToday, many parents wonder if it is wise for children to have the tonsils taken out. Tonsillectomy may be recommended if your child has any of the following:Difficulty swallowingObstructed breathing during sleepThroat infections or throat abscesses that keep returningIn most cases, inflammation of the tonsils can be successfully treated with antibiotics. There are always risks associated with surgery.You and your childs doctor may consider a tonsillectomy if:Your child has frequent infections (7 or more times in 1 year, or 5 or more times over 2 years)Your child misses a lot of schoolYour child snores, has trouble breathing, and has sleep apneaYour child has an abscess or growth on their tonsils
DefinitionAdenoid removal is surgery to take out the adenoid glands. These glands are located between the airway you breathe into through your nose and the back of your throat. Often, adenoid removal is done at the same time as a tonsillectomy, surgery to remove the tonsils. Adenoid removal is also called adenoidectomy.Most adenoidectomies are done on children.Alternative NamesAdenoidectomy; Removal of adenoid glandsDescriptionYour child will be given general anesthesia before surgery. This means they will be unconscious and unable to feel pain.The surgeon will insert a small instrument into your childs mouth to prop it open.The surgeon will remove the adenoid glands with a curette (a spoon-shaped medical device) or a microdebrider (a medical device used to cut away soft tissue).Some surgeons may cauterize the adenoids (seal the tissue using a heated device) instead of removing them.Bleeding will be controlled with packing material, which will absorb blood, and with cauterization.Your...
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