What are tonsils?
Tonsils are masses located at the back of the throat. They act as part of the lymph system, filtering bacteria and viruses. Occasionally, tonsils themselves become infected resulting in a condition known as tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can be painful and sometimes require surgery. However, in most cases your immune system can fight off infection of the tonsils. Tonsillitis is most common from the preschool years to the mid-teenage years.
What are adenoids?
Adenoids are similar to the tonsils. The adenoids are made up of lymph tissue and are located in the space above the soft roof of the mouth (nasopharynx) and cannot be seen by looking in the nose or throat. Adenoids also help to fight infections. Adenoids may cause problems if they become enlarged or infected. Adenoiditis is when the adenoids become inflamed from infection.
Signs you may be experiencing tonsillitis:
- Sore throat
- Swollen tonsils (with red or white spots)
- Swollen glands
Patients that have recurrent or chronic infections of their tonsils and adenoids may require surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids.
Tonsillectomy is a procedure that removes the palatine tonsils — the two masses of tissue located at the back of your throat. Tonsillectomy is performed under general anesthesia and recovery takes about two weeks.
Adenoidectomy is a procedure that surgically removes the adenoid — a tonsil-like tissue situated in the back of your nasal passage — to improve chronic sinusitis, earaches, and impaired breathing. Patients can expect to undergo general anesthesia before this sinusitis surgery, but recovery is quick.
Problems from tonsils and adenoids are very common, especially in pediatric patients. Please call our practice today if you’re concerned about your child’s wellness. We’ll be happy to serve you, and help ensure that you have a happier, healthier family.