Tonsillectomy - Medical Negligence Solicitors Compensation Claims


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A tonsillectomy is a common procedure which removes the tonsils in the back of the throat. It is often done in combination with an adenoidectomy, which involves removal of tissue behind the nose in the upper pharynx. The most common reason a person has a tonsillectomy is for chronic infections not amenable to antibiotics. Another common reason is obstruction of the airway, especially at night, due to markedly enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Tonsillectomy is performed less often than it used to be done but, it is still the 24th most common surgical procedure performed. Most surgeries are now done for obstruction rather than infections.

There are three clumps of tissue that make up the tonsils: the pharyngeal (adenoid) tonsil, the lingual tonsil and the palatine tonsil. These represent lymphoid tissue that is covered by normal respiratory epithelium. The surface of the tonsil is highly irregular, forming crypts on its surface. The tonsils produce lymphocytes and immunoglobulins which fight infection that might come in from the mouth and nose. Diseased tonsils do not do this and are associated instead with decreased antigen transport and decreased production of antibodies. This leads to chronic bacterial infection.

Indications of a tonsillectomy include the following conditions:

  • Enlarged tonsils that cause severe dysphagia, sleep problems, heart problems, or upper airway obstruction
  • Having a peritonsillar abscess that is unresponsive to draining or the use of antibiotics
  • Having tonsillitis that is so severe the patient has febrile seizures
  • Having tonsils that need to be biopsied anyway
  • Having 3 or more tonsillitis episodes per year, even with adequate medical treatment
  • Having bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth because of chronic tonsillitis with no help from taking antibiotics
  • Chronic tonsillitis from streptococcus that doesn't get better with appropriate medical therapy
  • The possibility of cancer of the tonsils as evidenced by unilateral tonsillar hypertrophy

There are several reasons why a person should not have a tonsillectomy. These include the following:

  • Being not a good risk for aesthetic
  • Had an uncontrolled medical illness
  • Being anaemic
  • Having a severe bleeding problem
  • Having an acute tonsillitis infection

The surgery is usually done safely with care in obtaining excellent results. Even so, the procedure is not without its complications, injury or unsuccessful issues. There can be severe aesthetic complications with reactions to medications given in surgery. There can be differences in how a person heals so there can be poor healing outcomes. Surgical outcomes also vary depending on the other medical conditions the person has.

There are multiple complications likely to occur in a tonsillectomy. Remember that tonsillectomy complications are rare and are more common in adults who have multiple concurrent illnesses at the time of their tonsillectomy. The risks and complications of a tonsillectomy include the following:

  • The surgery can fail to get rid of all episodes of sore throat or to take care of concurrent ear or sinus infections and nasal drainage from inadequate surgery. Usually this means that you have to have additional surgery.
  • Heavy bleeding necessitating blood products or a blood transfusion. Because this has a relatively high chance of occurring, you can choose to have an autologous blood transfusion or a transfusion from a designated donor, usually a family member that donates blood in advance, in case of an emergency.
  • Common complications include dehydration, infection, impaired healing and infection that means you stay in the hospital or get readmitted to the hospital.
  • There can be chronic nasal regurgitation but this is uncommon.
  • You can have a permanent change in your voice after tonsillectomy.
  • The sleep apnea, snoring or mouth breathing can persist after the surgery.

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here