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.
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.
Your doctor has recommended a tonsillectomy and/or
adenoidectomy for you, a loved one,
or your child. The following information is provided to help
for surgery, and to help those involved understand
clearly the associated benefits, risks, and complications. Patients or
encouraged to ask the doctor any questions they feel
help better understand the above procedure.
The tonsils and adenoids are masses of immune cells commonly found in
lymph glands (lymphoid tissue). These tissues are located
mouth and behind the nasal passages, respectively. Infected or
tonsils may cause chronic or recurrent sore throat, bad breath,
malocclusion, abscess, upper airway obstruction causing
swallowing, snoring, or sleep apnea. Infected adenoids may
enlarged, obstruct breathing, cause ear infections or other
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are surgical procedures
remove the tonsils and adenoids.
These instructions are designed to help you, a loved one, or your child
surgery as easily as possible. Taking care of yourself the individual
having surgery can
prevent complications. The doctor will be happy to answer any
that you or the person having surgery has regarding this material. If you
or your loved one, or child is having
surgery (myringotomies and tympanostomy tubes placed)
in conjunction with his/her tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, please read
information on these procedures as well.