Tonsils: leave them in or remove them?

We all suffer from it sometimes: a sore throat. Sore throat can become chronic if the tonsils become inflamed. This also applies to the tonsil. What use are those almonds anyway? And when do we have them removed?

  • What is the use of our almonds?
  • Chronically inflamed tonsils
  • Removing the tonsils
  • Recovery after removal of the tonsils

What is the use of our almonds?

The tonsils and tonsils together form a system to combat and neutralize germs. The tonsils consist of thickened lymphatic tissue. If the supply of germs becomes too large or too complex, the tonsils themselves become overworked and therefore inflamed. This may be accompanied by a sore throat, swallowing problems and fever if it concerns inflamed tonsils. If the nasal tonsil becomes overloaded, breathing problems occur. Sleeping becomes more difficult because it is less possible to breathe through the nose. Snoring is then a common complaint. Around the age of ten, the tonsil largely disappears.

Chronically inflamed tonsils

Sometimes the tonsils can become chronically inflamed because not all germs have been properly cleared after significant inflammation. A recurring pattern of the same malaise then arises, in which the tonsils have now lost their use and have become the cause of the inflammation. The decision can then be made to remove the tonsils.

Complaints of chronic inflammation of the tonsils:

  • Swollen tonsils
  • Recurrent colds
  • Constant or permanent ear infections or hearing loss
  • Recurrent laryngitis
  • All these complaints result in a reduced overall condition

Removing the tonsils

If it is decided to remove the tonsils, this will be done under a short anesthesia. As soon as the tonsil has been cut away, the blood that comes from the wound must be spit out immediately. The anesthesia should therefore stop immediately after the last tonsil has been cut out. Recovery after the procedure can be quite traumatic for children. This is partly due to the short anesthesia that ends once everything has been cut away. This causes immediate pain. Spitting blood doesn’t help either. This means that this is not a pleasant procedure. For no one, not for adults, but certainly not for children. Because the duration of anesthesia is so closely involved, an appointment with the anesthesiologist will be made before the procedure. He or she will make an anesthesia plan based on the medical history and physical data.

Recovery after removal of the tonsils

Children are often allowed to go home the same day. Adults often stay an extra day for a check-up. Recovery often takes about a week or two weeks. You can also eat again immediately after the procedure, but liquid and cool food is often preferred. Ice pops can also be experienced as pleasant. After the procedure, bleeding from the nose may still occur if the tonsil has been removed. Old blood can also be spit out. A white crust will form on the wound where the tonsils were, which will peel off after a week.