Austin ENT Associates
Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists & Audiology located in Round Rock, TX
The tonsils and adenoids found at the back of your mouth are part of your lymphatic system, which helps rid your body of germs. You or your child may need tonsil and adenoid surgery if the soft tissue affects your breathing or health. The team of ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates in Round Rock, Texas, performs tonsil and adenoid surgery for people of all ages, including children. To schedule a consultation, call or book online today.
Tonsil and Adenoid Surgery Q & A
What are the tonsils and adenoids?
Your tonsils and adenoids are masses of soft tissue located in your mouth.
Your tonsils are the two oval-shaped masses located at the back of your throat. They’re part of your lymphatic system and help you fight off infection.
Adenoids are located above your throat behind your nose. Like your tonsils, your adenoids are part of the lymphatic system.
Both your tonsils and adenoids trap the germs that come in through your nose and mouth to protect you from infection. Though both support immune health, surgical removal of your tonsils and adenoids doesn’t increase your risk of infection.
What is tonsil and adenoid surgery?
Tonsil and adenoid surgery are the procedures performed to remove the masses of tissue in your mouth.
A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of tonsils. The team at Austin ENT Associates may perform this procedure if your tonsils are too large or frequently infected.
An adenoidectomy is the surgical removal of adenoids. The surgeons perform this procedure to treat frequent adenoid infections or enlarged adenoids that affect swallowing and breathing.
It’s not uncommon for someone to have both a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (T&A) at the same time. The ear, nose, and throat specialists at Austin ENT Associates typically perform tonsil and adenoid surgery on children.
What happens during tonsil and adenoid surgery?
Austin ENT Associates creates individualized surgical plans for tonsil and adenoid surgery and reviews the details of the procedure during your surgical consultation.
Your surgeon performs the procedure under general anesthesia. After removal of the tonsils and/or adenoids, your surgeon sends you to the recovery area for monitoring.
Most patients go home the same day as the procedure, but some patients may benefit from an overnight stay at the hospital.
What happens after tonsil and adenoid surgery?
Many patients experience ear and throat pain following tonsil and adenoid surgery. The team at Austin ENT Associates provides specific guidelines for managing the discomfort, as well as diet recommendations during the healing process.
The specialists also recommend activity modification for a week or two.
To schedule tonsil and adenoid removal at Austin ENT Associates, call the office or book an appointment online today.