Tonsils Left After Tonsillectomy
- 0Sep 14, '11 by barnabas000Helllo All, just a quick question. I had an adnotonsillectomy about 2-3 yrs ago at age 26. Within the last year I have had swelling in my throat. I finally went to the doctor yesterday (not the ENT) and she told me that it appears the ENT only removed the upper (or front) tonsils and not the lower (or back) tonsils and those are the ones that are very swollen. Is this common for the ENT to not remove all of the tonsils? Why? Does this mean I will need surgery again? I have since left a message for the ENT to ask about this. Any tips would help, thanks!
- 1Sep 14, '11 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior Moderatorunfortunately, can't offer medical advice you will have to follow up with you md. i am not a wiki fan but this maybe helpful to you
a tonsillectomy is a 3,000-year-old[color=#0645ad] [color=#0645ad]surgical procedure in which the [color=#0645ad]tonsils are removed from either side of the throat. the procedure is performed in response to cases of repeated occurrence of acute [color=#0645ad]tonsillitis or [color=#0645ad]adenoiditis, [color=#0645ad]obstructive sleep apnea, nasal [color=#0645ad]airway obstruction, [color=#0645ad]snoring, or [color=#0645ad]peritonsillar abscess. for children, the [color=#0645ad]adenoids are removed at the same time, a procedure called [color=#0645ad]adenoidectomy. this is not common for adults. although tonsillectomy is being performed less frequently than in the 1950s, it remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children in the united states.