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This surgery is associated with the removal of the tonsils and there are the some complications that can arise after the surgery. They will be the focus of this text. It is important to know that there are ways of minimizing their effect. The tonsils are the organs that are responsible for the antibodies production, they consist of the lymphatic tissue pads, and they eliminate infections through the nose and mouth. Inflammations can easily attack the tonsils, which can lead to the enlargement or the mentioned inflammation of the tonsils. This problem has the name of tonsillitis and creates upper airway obstruction, bad breath and sore throat. Surgery is the only solution if the problem becomes so great that it cannot be treated with medications. Tonsillectomy is the surgery that accomplishes this.


There are some complications involved with tonsillectomy, which is usually done due to the narrowing of the breathing passages caused by the enlarged tonsils. Some patient even experience chocking, but the problem may cause damage to the lungs and heart, if it is not treated. Almost all surgeries involve infection, anesthesia and bleeding as complications. The doctor will see if you are a candidate for the surgery. As we have mentioned, anesthesia is one of the complications. There are several problems that it can be caused and some of them are lung infection, stroke, heart attack or confusion. Next possible complication is bleeding, which is not very common, but it can happen. When it happens, the blood transfusion has to be done. There are cases when the bleeding does not happen during, but after the surgery, when the patient comes home and this bleeding should not last more than 4 to 8 days. Children frequently experience bleeding problems after the surgery. After the tonsillectomy, every fifth child experiences this problem.

An infection is another complication, and it can be mild or severe. Mild infections are common and they require no serious treatment, while more severe ones need antibiotics. Some pain may be experienced as well, but this pain is not evident right after the surgery, but two or three weeks later. Painkillers are given for this problem, which requires hospital visit if it is persistent. There are some long-term complications after the tonsillectomy, such as laryngitis, nasal allergies, sinusitis, upper respiratory tract infection and chest infection. If you do this surgery, bad breath problem is eliminated and swallowing is made more easily. There are complications that may arise after the surgery, so it best to do everything the doctor tells you to in order to avoid them. Try to exercise, avoid smoking, citrus, sticky and spicy food.

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