Otolaryngology - Pediatric Unit
Tonsillectomy with/without adenoidectomy
Tonsillectomy is surgery to remove the tonsils.
Depending on the reason for the removal, it may also require that the adenoids be removed.
This type of intervention is suitable for those patients who have recurrent tonsillitis, overly large tonsils or who have sleep disorders due to respiratory failure caused by the tonsils.
This procedure is normally performed under general anaesthesia and usually requires between 30 and 60 minutes.
The surgery consists of;
– Cutting the tonsils (and adenoids if required) with a scalpel or with a radiofrequency device.
– If it is done with scalpel, pressure is applied to the wounds and sutured with absorbable stitches.
– If it is done with radiofrequency, the waves that resect the tonsils (and/or adenoids) close the wound itself.
After their stay time in the recovery room, your child will be taken to a room where they will remain for a few hours, to allow for recovery and where you will be given the necessary guidelines with regards to after care.
After two weeks you will notice the improvement in your child’s breathing, their apneas will disappear and they will have no difficulty swallowing.
Since this is an outpatient treatment (which does not require admission) you are advised to stay in Spain for one or two weeks to achieve full recovery.