Tonsillectomy / Adenoidectomy
Tonsils & Adenoids
Your tonsils are the two masses on the back of the throat. Your adenoids are high in the throat behind the nose and the roof of the mouth and are not visible through the mouth without special instruments. Both are near the entrance to the breathing passages where they can catch incoming germs and infections. Scientists believe they work as part of the body’s immune system by filtering germs that attempt to invade the body and also help develop antibodies to germs.
This happens primarily during the first few years of life and becomes less important as we get older. Children who must have their tonsils and adenoids removed suffer no loss in their resistance.
Problems that can occur:
Recurrent infections (throat or ear) and significant enlargement or obstruction that causes breathing and swallowing problems.
Abscesses around the tonsils, chronic tonsillitis, and infections that produce foul-smelling, cheese-like formations, making them sore and swollen.