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 What is Tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy refers to the surgical removal of inflamed tonsils. Tonsils are two oval-shaped lumps of tissues present at the back of the throat. Tonsils are considered the first line of defense against any bacteria and infection that enters our body through the mouth. However, after the adolescent years, the significance of tonsils becomes obsolete and can cause recurrent infections. 

While mild to moderate symptoms of tonsillitis can be managed with medications and home remedies, chronic and severe symptoms may require a tonsillectomy. Tonsillectomy is generally done as a daycare procedure which can cause instant relief from sore throat, sleeping issues, and frequent infection. Get in touch with us to book an appointment with our leading ENT specialists for an advanced tonsillectomy procedure.

How To Prepare For Tonsillectomy?

Before the procedure, the ENT specialist will examine the symptoms and recommend diagnostic tests such as blood tests, tissue culture, etc. which can determine the cause of inflammation in the tonsils. Furthermore, the doctor provides a set of instructions to help patients prepare for tonsillectomy -

  • Discuss your history of chronic medical condition(s) and surgical procedures with the doctor
  • Stop smoking and consuming alcohol a week before the surgery as they can increase the recovery time
  • Do not eat or drink the night before the surgery. It is generally recommended not to take any meals post-midnight.
  • Inform your doctor of any ongoing medications and history of an allergic reaction to anesthesia to avoid complications during the procedure.
  • Inform your doctor in case you have a history of bleeding disorders.
  • Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes which do not put pressure on the surgical site.
  • Take antibiotics or prescribed medications prior to the surgery as directed by the doctor.

What Happens During The Tonsillectomy Surgery?

Tonsillectomy is a daycare surgery that takes around 20 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the condition and type of procedure. The anesthesiologist administers local or general anesthesia to prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Subsequently, the surgeon uses different methods to cut the inflamed tonsils using a scalpel or any other specialized tool that uses heat or high-energy waves to destroy the infected tissues and subsequently stop bleeding. The surgeon may use the following procedures to perform tonsillectomies -

  • Electrocautery
  • Cold knife (steel) dissection
  • Snare tonsillectomy
  • Harmonic scalpel
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Carbon Dioxide lasers
  • Microdebrider 


Recovering After Tonsillectomy Procedure:

Complete recovery after a tonsillectomy surgery can depend on the age and medical health of the patient. Generally, it can take anywhere between 2-3 weeks to recover. During this time, you can smoothen your recovery process by doing the following -

  • Get adequate rest and avoid straining your throat or voice
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and swelling in the surgical area
  • Avoid fried, spicy, and crispy foods which can irritate the surgical site and potentially lead to complications.
  • Eat food without sharp edges. Encourage soft and healthy foods such as ice creams, yogurt, broth, mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, pudding, etc., to soothe your throat and fulfill dietary needs.
  • Take your prescribed medicines regularly.
  • Use an ice pack several times a day for 2-3 days after the surgery.
  • Go for regular follow-up sessions after the tonsillectomy procedure to ensure no postoperative complications.


Why Choose CMRI for Tonsillectomy Surgery in Kolkata?

The Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is one of the largest multispecialty hospitals in Kolkata. Our hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art technology which has revolutionized the healthcare industry for the best surgical outcomes.

In addition, our hospital has several eminent specialists, surgeons, and healthcare providers of national and international repute for comprehensive and personalized treatment. CMRI provides patient-centric care and empathy from internationally trained nurses to ensure holistic care for patients seeking effective surgery for removing inflamed tonsils. Here are a few advantages of choosing CMRI for your tonsillectomy surgery-

  • Highly qualified and experienced ENT surgeons.
  • 440-bed capacity along with cutting-edge technology and the latest medical equipment.
  • Hygienic and patient-friendly infrastructure.
  • Screening and diagnosis.
  • Transparent Pricing Structure for cost-effective treatment.
  • Patient-centric high-quality care for a high success rate.
  • Pain management and palliative care.
  • Complete and coordinated care for patients with all types of cancers.


How long does tonsillectomy take?

Tonsillectomy is a daycare procedure that usually takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on the severity of the inflammation and the surgical expertise of the ENT surgeon.

Is Tonsillectomy surgery painful?

No, tonsillectomy is not a painful surgery since the patient is given local or general anesthesia. The patient is sedated and does not feel any pain throughout the surgery. However, there may be mild discomfort or tingling sensations around the surgical site as the effect of anaesthesia wears off.

Whom should I consult for my tonsillectomy surgery?

ENT surgeon specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the ear, nose and throat. Therefore, in case you are planning to undergo a tonsillectomy procedure, get in touch with an ENT surgeon. Contact CMRI to consult with some of the best ENT surgeons in Kolkata for advanced tonsillectomy surgery.

What is the recovery time after the tonsillectomy procedure?

Most people recover in about two weeks after the procedure. However, overall recovery depends on the body’s healing capacity, the severity of the disease, and whether the patient is following preventive measures after the surgery or not.

What are the complications of Tonsillectomy surgery?

Tonsillectomy is a safe and effective procedure to treat inflammation in the tonsils. However, there may be rare chances of side effects during the procedure which include -

  • Infection
  • Abnormal bleeding
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Post-surgical bleeding
  • Swelling in the tongue or palate 


When can I resume work or school after the procedure?

Most people can return to work or school after a week post-tonsillectomy surgery. However, it is important to follow preventive measures provided by the doctor. Consult a doctor before resuming strenuous activities to avoid the risk of any complications.

What can I eat after my tonsillectomy procedure?

Drink plenty of fluids after the procedure. In addition, the doctor may provide you with a diet chart to help you recover fast without any major complications. Here is what you can eat and drink after your tonsillectomy surgery -

  • Tea 
  • Juice
  • Ice cream
  • Smoothies
  • Yoghurt
  • Pudding
  • Applesauce
  • Broth
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Scrambled eggs

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