About Tonsillectomy By Dr. Rande Lazar

by admin on October 23, 2017

Tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure used to treat chronic tonsil infections due to enlarged tonsils, or to correct sleep-disordered breathing. It is also performed to remove cancerous tissues in tonsils or prevent bleeding from regions around the tonsils. Preparation for a tonsillectomy starts ten to twelve days before the actual surgery. Typically, medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen are prohibited during this period. In some cases, dietary restrictions are also advised. Finally, patients are advised not to consume food and liquids for several hours before the surgery. General anesthesia is administered at the beginning of the surgery. The anesthesia numbs the pain when the tonsils are cut or burned using specialized tools. Tonsillectomy is a relatively short procedure that is completed within a day. Overnight hospital stays after tonsillectomy treatments are rare. However, patients should eat or drink with caution for the next ten days during the recovery period. About the author Dr. Rande Lazar is an otolaryngologist with special expertise in pediatric sleep disorders.

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