Tonsillectomy or tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to take a mass of lymphoid tissue (tonsils) located in the back of the mouth. In children, this is generally done to treat recurrent respiratory infections.
Before agreeing, parents should ask for other possible treatment procedures, without having to undergo tonsillectomy. If the doctor gives recommendations for tonsillectomy in children, do not hesitate to ask for complete information about the risks of complications and the possible benefits obtained.
Criteria that must be met
There are several things to consider before carrying out tonsillectomy in children, namely:
- Throat infection in the form of tonsillitis or throat infection by Streptococcus, occurs at least seven times in one year.
- There have been five throat infections in two years in a row.
- Three throat infections have occurred three years in a row.
- Throat infection causes fever.
- Respected respiratory tract.
- Respiratory disorders during sleep such as snoring or snoring are severe and often wake up.
- Trouble swallowing.
- Malignant tumors in the tonsils.
If your child experiences the symptoms above, it is very important to do tonsillectomy in order to cure the symptoms that have been felt.
Consider the Risks
Please note that there is no risk-free operation. Tonsillectomy procedures can cause serious complications although they rarely occur. Among these are severe bleeding during surgery and during recovery, infection, and voice changes.
In addition, parents should also consider several other things before tonsillectomy in children, such as the risk of anesthesia, scars, hospitalization, to the costs that need to be incurred.
Pain during recovery, it is likely to be felt up to two weeks after tonsillectomy. To overcome this, need to consume lots of fluids and painkillers regularly.
Benefits that can be obtained
Tonsillectomy is performed by an ENT doctor. This operation has several benefits, one of which is to reduce the frequency of sore throats. In addition there are also other benefits that can be obtained by children after undergoing tonsillectomy, including:
- Helps overcome sleep disorders.
- Cope with slow growth.
- Reducing hyperactive behavior.
- Improving school performance that had declined.
- Reducing antibiotic use and doctor visits.
- Improve the quality of life of children and the family as a whole.
It is important for parents to consider the risk factors and benefits obtained before agreeing to tonsillectomy in children. Make sure your child’s condition meets the criteria for consideration, and don’t forget to ask for recommendations and explanations from the doctor completely.