Pediatrics

Tonsillectomies

A tonsillectomy is one of the most frequently performed surgical procedures. Blue Tree Clinics is here to give you a thorough overview of this surgery. If your child suffers from tonsillitis on a regular basis, a tonsillectomy may provide the solution you have been looking for.

Does My Child Need A Tonsillectomy?

The number one reason for getting a tonsillectomy is obstruction of the airways. When tonsils grow large enough, they can make it difficult to breathe. This is most noticeable when your child is lying down, and can eventually lead to a condition called obstructive sleep apnea, which is quite serious.

In some cases, the decision to approve a tonsillectomy is straightforward because the tonsils have grown too large. In other cases, it’s not as clear and a sleep study may be required to determine the severity of the problem.

The second reason is recurrent infections. Young children who are severely affected by recurrent throat infections can be helped by a tonsillectomy. If the infections go far beyond a sore throat and include fever, enlarged lymph nodes, and pus on the tonsils, a tonsillectomy may be the best solution.

When the child has been severely affected by throat infections in such a manner, a tonsillectomy will greatly reduce the number of infections they will experience later on in life.

The Procedure

A tonsillectomy is a straightforward procedure that normally takes less than an hour to complete. Your child will have general anesthetic and the surgeon will perform the operation through your child’s mouth.

There will not be any stitches but instead raw patches on each side resembling a graze that will usually take around 2 weeks to heal. In some cases, your child may be discharged from the hospital on the same day.

Aftercare

There will always be a level of pain after the procedure has been completed, which will feel similar to a sore throat and can last up to 14 days. Do not panic if your child also experiences mild ear pain, bad breath, and a slightly altered voice – all of these symptoms are completely normal and will pass shortly.

Pain relief is an important part of tonsillectomy aftercare. The team at Blue Tree Clinics will walk you through the most appropriate pain relief methods to use after the operation. Ibuprofen and tramadol are common recommended painkillers, however aspirin should never be administered after a tonsillectomy as it may increase the risk of bleeding.

It’s likely that your child will feel much more comfortable having softer foods at first. Hot foods and liquids, acidic foods, and anything spicy should be completely avoided for several days. Cool fluids and ice cubes are recommended instead.

We generally recommend that children rest at least a week after their tonsillectomy has been completed. Sports and other strenuous activities should be completely avoided for two weeks – this includes school.

Why Choose Blue Tree Clinics?

Our mission at Blue Tree Clinics is to provide healthcare as opposed to disease care. We believe in taking a proactive approach through regular check-ups and early detection. We understand that no two situations are ever the same, which is why every plan we create for your child will be completely bespoke.

Founded in 2000, Blue Tree Clinics now possesses nearly two decades of experience and has steadily grown to be one of the leading providers in Dubai. Our brand signifies quality care and outstanding customer service.