When Do Kids Need Tonsillectomy
Tonsils are cone-shaped lumps of tissue embedded in the throat.
Tonsillectomy is defined as a surgical procedure performed with or without Adenoidectomy that involves complete removal of tonsils including its sheath (capsule)
There are various indications for tonsillectomy. The common causes are like
- Recurrent throat infections leading to surgery and indiscriminate usage of antibiotics and problems
Tied to slow growth, bed wetting, hyperactive behavior.
- Sleep disorder Now a days this has become one of the common reasons for tonsillectomy which includes the symptoms like excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, soaring, breathing through mouth, sudden stoppage of breathing during sleep, _____ of the time, this above conditions goes unrecognized by parents, but it has detrimental effects on the body like stomach and lungs.
Other Indications like :
Chronic Rhinosinusitis and symptoms of constant running nose, headache, difficulty in breathing through nose irritability, can be relieved by adenoTonsillectomy.
Hearing disorders due to retention of fluid in the middle ear are sometimes caused by blockage of the tube connecting nose and throat due to chronic adenotonsillitis.
Lack of clarity of speech and difficulty in swallowing due to the large size of tonsils can be improved by adenotonsillectomy.
This article is to emphasize the need for proper selection of candidates for this procedure at the same time avoiding unnecessary surgeries in children who does not and to achieve maximum benefits and prevent unavoidable complications.
CONSULTANT – PRATHIMA HOSPITALS