Tonsillectomy

A surgeon examines a pediatric tonsillectomy patient

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 tonsillectomies and use the latest techniques and procedures tailored to your child's individualized needs.

 
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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 pediatric 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 pediatric tonsillectomy surgery.


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Orlando, FL 32827
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What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
New Patients

Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
 
Forms & Resources
New Patient Forms
Returning Patient Forms
  • Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
    English | Spanish
    Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
Resources for Patients & Families

The pediatric otolaryngologists at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Orlando are experts in tonsillectomy procedures for children. Our ear, nose and throat (ENT specialists) are board-certified pediatric otolaryngologists who specialize in tonsillectomies for kids from birth to age 18. For your convenience, some of our specialists also see patients at our Nemours Children’s Special Care locations in downtown Orlando, Lake Mary and Viera.

Learn More About Pediatric Tonsillectomies and Other Children’s Health Topics at Nemours’ KidsHealth.org »

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