What is a tonsillectomy?

A Tonsillectomy is a 30 to 45-minute surgical procedure performed under general anaesthetic to remove problem-causing tonsils. Tonsil removal surgery is usually recommended if you have:

  • Recurrent tonsillitis and sore throats – where your tonsils are inflamed, usually due to an infection.
  • Breathing difficulties – swollen or too large tonsils can cause problems with breathing and swallowing.
  • Sleep problems including snoring and sleep apnoea - enlarged tonsils can cause these.

There are several different surgeries to remove your tonsils, that include:

  • Dissection – the most common method that cuts out your tonsils using a scalpel.
  • Laser or ultrasound – laser surgery used to remove your tonsils and typically has less pain, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time than a dissection.
  • Diathermy - high-frequency electrical current cuts your tonsil tissue.

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