Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Miami, Florida
Dr. Alan Chu specializes in the treatment of disorders of the throat and voice region in both adult and pediatric patients. He is a highly skilled and experienced in providing state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for the tonsils and adenoids.
What is tonsillitis? Are you suffering with a sore throat, swollen tonsils, and fever?
Tonsils are the two lymph nodes located on each side of the back of your throat. They function as a defense mechanism. They help prevent your body from infection. When the tonsils become infected, the condition is called tonsillitis.
Tonsillitis can occur at any age and is a common childhood infection. It is most often diagnosed in children from preschool age through their midteens. Symptoms include a sore throat, swollen tonsils, and fever.
What is Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy?
The procedure to remove the tonsils is called a tonsillectomy; excision of the adenoids is an adenoidectomy. Both of these procedures are often performed at the same time; the surgery is know as tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is an outpatient surgical procedure lasting between 30 and 45 minutes and performed under general anesthesia. Normally, the young patient will remain at the hospital or clinic for several hours after surgery for observation. Children with severe obstructive sleep apnea and very young children are usually admitted overnight to the hospital for close monitoring of respiratory status. An overnight stay may also be required if there are complications such as excessive bleeding, severe vomiting, or low oxygen saturation.
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