When might I need a tonsillectomy?

Mature woman doing thyroid self examinationDr. Payam Danesrad is an ENT professional that works with both children and adults. In some cases, he may perform common procedures such as the tonsillectomy. A tonsillectomy is a surgery during which the tonsils in the throat are permanently removed. Not everyone needs a tonsillectomy, so learning more about the tonsils, how they work, and when they need to be taken out is the best way to determine if you are a candidate for this treatment.

What are the tonsils?

The tonsils are pads that are located on both sides of the back of the throat. The tonsils are part of the body’s natural immune system. They can be used to stop germs from entering into the mouth and nose. They are also high in white blood cells, which are also responsible for killing germs. However, sometimes patients may have inflamed tonsils or tonsils that are large and make it difficult to breathe properly. In these situations, patients might benefit from a tonsillectomy.

When do I need a tonsillectomy?

There are many situations that can occur during which the tonsils may become inflamed. This doesn’t mean that they need to be removed. Inflammation can be caused by viral and bacterial infections, such as strep throat, mononucleosis, and influenza. This can result in bad breath, tender neck glands, fever, and painful swallowing. Treating the condition will often alleviate discomfort caused by the inflamed tonsils and reverse the issue. However, patients who have chronic problems with their tonsils may be recommended to consider the removal of them. This common procedure is performed in a hospital setting and can help patients improve their overall quality of life, especially if their tonsils have been problematic for quite some time.

Find out more about the tonsillectomy procedure

If you believe you could benefit from having the tonsillectomy performed, it is important to have a conversation with a board certified orolaryngologist such as Dr. Payam Daneshrad to discuss your needs. He has two convenient office locations in both Santa Monica and Torrance, California and can be reached at the main number to make an appointment at (310) 453-6500. Call us and find out more about the tonsillectomy procedure and determine candidacy.

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