Tonsillectomy


“A tonsillectomy is a 2,000 year-old[1] surgical procedure in which the tonsils are removed from either side of the throat. The procedure is performed in response to cases of repeated occurrence of acute tonsillitis or adenoiditis, obstructive sleep apnea, nasal airway obstruction, snoring, or peritonsillar abscess. Sometimes the adenoids are removed at the same time, a procedure called adenoidectomy. Although tonsillectomy is being performed less frequently than in the 1950s, it remains one of the most common surgical procedures in children in the United States.”

R- my oldest at six years will be going in for a tonsillectomy. He is relatively calm about the procedure. His little buddy had it done last year and he is looking forward to a diet of yogurt, pudding and ice cream. R- falls into the category of difficulty swallowing and sleep apnea, so much better to have them removed then for him to be uncomfortable and tired all the time.

I am a little anxious for the actual surgery day, which may see my DD – T who is five having the same surgery, because my little ones will be under anesthesia and under the knife. The Dr. was well spoken had good beside manner with my son and instilled trust and faith in her abilities…but they are my babies!! I am sure this is not the last time I will post about this.

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One thought on “Tonsillectomy

  1. Joy Howse August 8, 2009 / 3:24 pm

    You and your little ones will be in my thoughts as they undergo this procedure. May he bounce back quickly and enjoy all the ice cream he can eat. 🙂

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