What is a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is the removal of your tonsils. Your tonsils are located in the back of your throat. Tonsils are part of your body's immune system, but removing them does not increase your risk for infection.

Why is a tonsillectomy done?

There are several reasons for a tonsillectomy. The 2 most common reasons are:

  • If your tonsils are causing difficulty in breathing during sleep, often seen as frequent snoring.
  • If you have throat infections that keep coming back (6 or more times in a year) with the tonsils becoming infected and swollen. The name for tonsil infection is tonsillitis.

Who gets tonsillectomies?

Although it may seem like only children need to have their tonsils taken out, this is not true. Adults may also benefit from having their tonsils removed.

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