Many children experience a sore and swollen throat associated with the tonsils. Repeated infections can cause lasting symptoms and discomfort that keep your child from school and other important activities. We here at Regional ENT Associates specialize in pediatric services and treatments for tonsillitis and tonsil related conditions.
What Are Tonsils?
The tonsils are small rounded lumps on the back of the throat on each side that are visible just above the tongue. The tonsils and adenoids are part of a ring of lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat. Adenoids are checked with an angled mirror because they sit between the back of the nose and throat.
This tissue is larger in size in children, and since children have naturally smaller throats, it makes them more susceptible to infections and breathing issues. When reoccurring infections or breathing issues occur, and antibiotics are not enough, the tonsils may need to be removed with or without the adenoids.
Reasons Tonsils Are Removed
When tonsils are swollen, they are easier to detect, forming a reddish oval mass. Massively enlarged tonsils and adenoids can obstruct the airway and cause sleep apnea and breathing difficulties during the daytime. Other reasons to remove the tonsils may include:
- Heavy breathing
- Pauses in breathing during the night
- Sleep apnea
- Frequent infections especially streptococcal tonsillitis
- Infections with severe complications
- Peritonsillar abscess
- Chronic infection that doesn’t clear
- Frequent tonsil stones
If you notice that your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, they may need an evaluation for sleep apnea. If we confirm that they do have obstructive sleep apnea and the tonsils are part of the cause, a tonsillectomy, or removal of the tonsils and adenoid tissue, may be suggested.
What is a Tonsillectomy?
A tonsillectomy is a small outpatient procedure that involves removing the tonsil and adenoid tissues. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and it is a quick operation typically taking about 20 minutes. During the procedure, tonsil tissue is removed with or without the adenoids. During this process, there are no incisions or cuts made through the skin. Following treatment, there is post-op care instructions for a quick and healthy recovery.
If your child is experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, or other tonsil related conditions, reach out to the professionals here at Regional ENT Associates to learn more. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards improved health and wellness and a happy, healthy family!