Removing Tonsils and Adenoids

by admin on November 23, 2017

As a pediatric otolaryngologist at Memphis ENT, Dr. Rande Lazar sometimes performs tonsillectomies and/or adenoidectomies on his patients. Both tonsils and adenoids serve similar functionsÌ¢‰â‰۝trapping inhaled or consumed bacteria to prevent infection. Made of lymphatic tissue, the tonsils sit at the back of the throat, while the adenoids sit at the back of the nasal cavity just above the roof of the mouth. When these tissues chronically become inflamed or swollen, treatment may be needed. Doctors may choose to remove the tonsils and adenoids at the same time, or they may elect to remove only one or the other.

Both tonsil and adenoid inflammations present similar sets of symptoms. Signs of tonsil inflammation include persistent sore throat, difficulty swallowing, noisy breathing, and nasal speech. Signs of adenoid inflammation include mouth breathing, snoring, runny nose, and early morning headaches. Antibiotics remain the first line of treatment in tonsil and adenoid inflammation; however, in some cases surgical intervention is necessary.

Once Dr. Rande Lazar determines that surgery is warranted, he will set a date for the operation. Parents should not give their children aspirin products for two weeks before surgery in order to eliminate the potential for blood thinning. Doctors perform the surgical procedure on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. It takes around 15 to 30 minutes, and the doctor may keep the child in the hospital or surgery center for a few hours for post-surgical observation. Upon their return home, patients may experience some mild pain, but warm liquids and compresses can help relieve some discomfort. Keep the child on a soft liquid diet for 24 hours, and do not allow him or her to return to strenuous activity for approximately 10 days. Your doctor will provide appropriate post-surgical and follow-up instructions. To learn more, talk with your otolaryngologist or visit

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