As with any surgery, there are certain risks associated with tonsillectomy, including infections and bleeding. The risk of bleeding is higher on days 5 to 7 after surgery, when scabs begin fall off.
You will receive a patient information sheet and an informed consent form which will provide you with detailed information regarding the risks of the operation, as well as what to expect before, during and after the procedure. By all means feel free to discuss the possible risks or any other concerns with your ENT surgeon before making a treatment decision.
There are certain risks associated with general anesthesia too, these will be explained to you on a separate information sheet. You will be required to sign a second informed consent form regarding anesthesia. You will also have some preoperative tests to ensure that these risks are reduced to a minimum.
It is important to call your surgeon immediately if you develop a fever, permanent nasal bleeding, blood spitting or vomiting, or a severe headache after your release from the hospital.
Removal of the tonsils may reduce the frequency and severity of throat infections. It may also prevent the development of potentially serious complications of streptococcal pharyngitis and tonsillitis/rheumatic fever such as kidney, heart, joint or brain conditions. In the case of enlarged palatine tonsils, tonsillectomy will improve your breathing and your ability to swallow.
In addition, you can finally stop taking the antibiotics you previously needed to help fight infections caused by recurrent tonsillitis.