Tonsillectomy

Stapedectomy / Exploratory tympanotomy & Ossiculoplasty
January 25, 2018
Tympanoplasty
January 25, 2018

Tonsillectomy

What is a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils from the back of the mouth.


My anaesthetic

This procedure will require an anaesthetic. See About your anaesthetic information sheet for information about anaesthetic and the risks involved. If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor.

If you have not been given an information sheet, please ask for one.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure. They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:
  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room.
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
Specific risks:
  • Bleeding, either at the time of surgery or in the first 2 weeks after surgery. Delayed bleeding may require re-admission to hospital and may require another operation to stop the bleeding. A blood transfusion may be necessary depending on the amount of blood lost.
  • Burns from the equipment used to seal off bleeding areas during the operation.
  • Infection. Persistent bad breath, worsening throat discomfort or delayed bleeding may indicate an infection. This is usually treated with antibiotics. Delayed bleeding is treated as outlined above.
  • Injury to teeth, lips, gums or tongue or facial skin.
  • Abnormal scarring may rarely occur causing narrowing of the throat or strange sensations in the throat.

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