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Relief for Kids’ Infected Tonsils

Doctor examines happy young boy who had a tonsillectomy.

Tonsils are clumps of tissue on both sides of the throat that help fight infections. Sometimes kids need a tonsillectomy (an operation to remove the tonsils) if they keep getting strep throat or tonsillitis (infected tonsils). Swollen tonsils may also make it hard to swallow or sleep. At Nemours, we have one of the largest pediatric ear, nose and throat (ENT) programs in the country. We see kids for nearly 65,000 outpatient visits each year and we do tonsillectomies every day. We’re here to help kids feel better when their tonsils are giving them trouble.

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Tonsillectomy Services We Offer

Our ENT surgeons perform these procedures in children:

  • tonsillectomy — surgery to take out tonsils when they keep getting infected or, when swollen, block the airway and cause snoring
  • adenoidectomy — surgery to take out the adenoids (a patch of tissue that sits at the very back of the nose). Like tonsils, adenoids help keep the body healthy by trapping harmful bacteria and viruses that you breathe in or swallow.
  • tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy (sometimes called a “T&A” procedure) — surgery to take out both the tonsils and adenoids at the same time if they’re both swollen or infected a lot

Why Choose Us for Removal of Tonsils

Many of our board-certified ENT specialists are named “Best Doctors in America®,” year after year. Our seasoned teams use state-of-the-art, child-friendly equipment. Whenever possible, we use the latest, least invasive surgical techniques too. That often means less pain and bleeding — and getting kids back to being kids faster.

Regional Tonsillectomy Highlights

Services, programs and care teams differ at each location. Call for details.

We do tonsillectomies in kids at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware (Wilmington, Del.) as well as select Nemours Children's Health satellite locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Our ENT surgeons perform a special procedure called “intracapsular tonsillectomy,” which is a partial tonsillectomy. In a traditional tonsillectomy, the surgeon removes all of the tonsils. In an intracapsular tonsillectomy, we remove most of the tonsil tissue, but leave a thin patch of tonsil to protect the throat muscles. This can help with kids’ pain and make it easier for them to eat and drink.

We perform tonsillectomies in kids at Nemours Children’s Hospital (Orlando) and Nemours Children's Health, Downtown Orlando.

We perform tonsillectomies in kids at Nemours Children's Health, Jacksonville (in collaboration with Wolfson Children’s Hospital, connected by a walkway).

We perform tonsillectomies in kids at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Pensacola.

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