Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that help fight infections. If your child has had frequent episodes of tonsillitis (an inflammation of the tonsils), strep throat, or has difficulty swallowing or sleeping due to swollen tonsils, a tonsillectomy (surgical removal of the tonsils) may be recommended. Nemours Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeons are highly experienced in pediatric tonsil surgery and use the latest techniques and procedures tailored to your child’s individualized needs.
Your child will receive general anesthesia during the tonsillectomy. This means the surgery will be performed in an operating room so that an anesthesiologist can monitor your child. A tonsillectomy procedure usually takes about 20 to 30 minutes and most kids go home on the same day, though some may require observation overnight.
Depending on the surgical technique, the typical tonsillectomy recovery may take several days to a week or more. Expect some pain and discomfort due to the exposure of the throat muscles after the tonsils are removed. This can affect your child's ability to eat and drink and return to normal activities.
At Nemours, we’ll do our best to thoroughly explain the procedure your child is having and we encourage you to share any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery.