A tonsillectomy is a fairly common procedure (typically done for children and younger patients) used to remove enlarged tonsils and adenoids that are blocking the breathing passages. Symptoms of a nose that is severely blocked by adenoids or tonsils, or tonsillitis include:
- Difficulty smelling
- Congested nose
- Trouble eating (only able to eat soft or small foods)
- Loud snoring
- Difficulty breathing while sleeping
- Inflamed tonsils
- Changes in your voice
- Swollen glands in the neck
Affliction to the tonsils and adenoids can be caused by continuous nose and throat infections and enlargements. Other conditions that can affect the tonsils and adenoids include:
- Abscesses around the tonsils
- Infections of small pockets in the tonsils / tonsil stones
During your visit with us, Dr. Bane will perform an examination to make a determination on whether or not a tonsillectomy is required for your child. We will ask about pain or discomfort of the ear, nose, and throat, and check the head and neck.
Removing the tonsils and adenoids can be very effective for treating obstructive sleep apnea in children.
At Commonwealth ENT Associates, we utilize Coblation tonsillectomy to gently remove the tonsils. We use radiofrequency (RF) to remove tonsillar tissue with precision. With the Coblation tonsillectomy, we use the energy from RF in a controlled environment, that doesn’t harm the surrounding healthy tissue. Some of the benefits of Coblation tonsillectomy include:
- Less pain
- Less reliance on pain relievers
- Faster recovery time
- Less damage caused to surrounding tissue
- Decreased chance of nausea or a swelling throat after the procedure
At Commonwealth ENT Associates, we treat tonsillitis in children and adults. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you are experiencing the symptoms described above, make an appointment at either of our offices in Woodbridge or Stafford VA today.