Benefits of Tonsillectomy for Tonsillitis

Updated on 14 Jan 2010,
Published on 02 Dec 2008

Tonsillectomy is the method of removing tonsils for the treatment of tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is referred to the inflammation of tonsils. It is generally caused by virus or bacteria. Tonsillitis as such occurs most commonly among children though they occur among adults also but are quite rare. Some of the symptoms that could be noticed in a child suffering from tonsillitis are sore throat, fever, swollen glands etc. Tonsils among children are most commonly caused by streptococcus virus.

To a certain extent, tonsillitis is recurrent, and at a certain stage it could be chronic also. And though there are a number of treatments available but the most effective way of treatment is tonsillectomy. However it might not be the right course of action for everyone suffering from tonsillitis. One should always consult a doctor first before straight away heading for tonsillectomy. Researchers have found that adults as well as children who have removed their tonsils have a greater benefit. They are less likely to develop recurrent tonsillitis at a later stage.

Tonsillectomy, however, might not have long term benefits but those children who have undergone the method do not suffer from recurrent tonsillitis for the next two years. Though after the said time span, there would be hardly any difference in the condition of the children. Yet studies have shown that those children who have had their tonsils removed tend to suffer less from tonsillitis as compared to those who haven’t had their tonsils removed. The main reason for children going through tonsillectomy is to primarily treat the obstructed airways.

However, among adults the main reason for removing their tonsils is chronic tonsillitis. The ratio of adults suffering from tonsillitis is far lesser than the number of children suffering from tonsillitis. But according to statistics, the number of adults who goes through tonsillectomy still constitutes 1/3rd of the total number. According to records, about 57% adults had gone through tonsillectomy in order to treat chronic tonsillitis. And 98% percent took the surgery to clear the obstruction in the air passage.

Tonsillectomy does have some short term benefits and ease you from the trouble of tonsillitis but doctors have strictly cautioned to weigh the complications that follow the process keeping in mind the short term benefits. Sore throat usually follows tonsillectomy, which to some patients can get severe. There are other cons of tonsillectomy such as dehydration, earache, dental injuries etc. Such disadvantages must be properly weighed before going in for tonsillectomy.

However a very recent research has shown that tonsillectomy improves the quality of lives in both children and adults. Some have even gone to the extent of commenting that unless a long term benefit is known one should not opt for the process. People go for tonsillectomy in order to treat other problems such as sleep apnea, sleep disorder breathing, behavior and learning process etc.

Read on to know more about the symptoms of tonsillitis and its causes.

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6 Response(s)
Roxy
"Researchers have found that adults as well as children who have removed their tonsils have a greater benefit. They are less likely to develop recurrent tonsillitis at a later stage" How can one develop tonsillitis or recurrent tonsillitis after a tonsillectomy, if the tonsillis have been removed? Is it that the tonsils regrow or they are not completly removed?
Healthcareveda
Tonsillectomy is generally performed to get rid of hypertrophy which causes obstruction to the airways and while swallowing anything. It is performed to treat recurrent tonsillitis that cannot be treated by antibiotics and other medications. Even after tonsillectomy, the tonsils might recur as it is caused not because of the tonsils but because of viral or bacterial infection to the throat.
Arb88
There are also more than just two tonsils in your throat. You can still get tonsillitis in the other tonsil (located on the roof of your mouth).
Nao
i am 23years old and going to get a Tonsillectomy. can i die from this oporation? how long will it take for me to recover? and what can i do to make my recover less painfull?
Ram
i am 23years old and going to get a Tonsillectomy. can i die from this oporation? how long will it take for me to recover? and what can i do to make my recover less painfull?
Ryan Jeter
I am 27yrs old and i have had tonsilitus abt 15 times a year. I am so terrifird of having this surgery done. I have heard that adults have a lot harder time healing and etc. I want to have the surgery but im Scared. It has affected my hearing and breathing. Any advice For me? Thanks
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