pediatric tonsil removal procedure birminghamThe tonsils are located at the sides of the throat, while the adenoids are located at the top of the throat, behind the nose. Removal of the tonsils and adenoids is a fairly common procedure for children, in order to help stop chronic infections in the case of the tonsils, and to help with breathing problems in the case of adenoids. The expert surgeons at Pediatric ENT Associates in Birmingham are highly experienced and will give your child the best care possible before, during, and after surgery.

Tonsillectomy

Tonsillectomy treatment is the removal of the tonsils. The decision to have the tonsils removed is one that is arrived at after careful consideration of all options. A tonsillectomy treatment is a fairly short procedure, usually lasting around half an hour to an hour. Your child will be under anesthesia the entire time, and will not remember the surgery.

Tonsillectomy treatments are usually performed to address chronic infections of the tonsils which may lead to swallowing problems. Your pediatrician will assess your child and their medical history to determine if  tonsillectomy treatments are the best option for your child’s health and wellbeing.

Adenoidectomy

Adenoidectomy treatment is the removal of the adenoids, which are small glands located at the top of the throat. The adenoids can become enlarged or inflamed, leading to difficulty breathing, snoring, and obstructive sleep apnea, among other problems. If your child is suffering from problems such as these, it is a good idea to have their adenoids looked at and determine if removal is the best option. Often, after an adenoidectomy treatment, children feel much better and can breathe more easily. This can translate into their daily life, too, as they can get a better night’s sleep and thus focus better during the day.

Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy Treatments

Often, the tonsils and the adenoids can be removed in the same procedure. If both the tonsils and adenoids are inflamed or enlarged, it makes sense to remove them both at the same time, as the procedures are similar and the tonsils and adenoids are located close to each other. Again, this decision will be arrived at by your Pediatric ENT Associates surgeon after a thorough examination and discussion with you and your child.

For more information about tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy treatments, visit WebMD.com.

Surgery Procedure

Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy procedures have been done for hundreds of years, and are generally very safe and low risk. The surgeon is able to do the surgery through the child’s open mouth, eliminating the need for any incisions. Your child will be under anesthesia during the procedure, but to make the experience as comfortable and non-threatening as possible, no needles will be inserted while your child is awake. Instead, the pediatric anesthesiologists at Childrens of Alabama are able to use a mask through which the child can breathe a calming sleep medication to prevent any anxiety associated with needles.

Schedule a Tonsil Appointment Today

If your child is having problems with their tonsils or adenoids, schedule an appointment with an expert ENT pediatrician at Pediatric ENT Associates in Birmingham. To make an appointment, call (205) 831-0101 today!

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