Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Surgical Instructions

  • Medical Author:
    John Mersch, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Facts

  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgical procedures performed to remove the tonsils and adenoids.
  • The tonsils and adenoids are masses of lymphoid tissue located behind the nasal passages.
  • All surgical procedures have risks and potential complications.
  • Understanding what is involved before, during, and after surgery can help the patient recover from surgery as comfortably as possible.
Reviewed on 11/3/2015
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Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

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Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy in children: Indications and contraindications
UpToDate.com

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