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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about a tonsillectomy?

A tonsillectomy is surgery to remove your tonsils. You may need this surgery if you have obstructive sleep apnea, get tonsillitis often, or have tonsil cancer or stones.

Adenoid and Tonsil Removal

How do I prepare for a tonsillectomy?

What will happen during a tonsillectomy?

What should I expect after a tonsillectomy?

What are the risks of a tonsillectomy?

You may bleed more than expected during or after surgery, or get an infection. You may also have swelling in your mouth, throat, or lungs that makes it hard to breathe. You may have nausea and vomiting after surgery. You may have changes in your voice or sense of taste after surgery. Tools used to remove your tonsils may cause injury to your teeth, voice box, or palate. Tools that use heat or a laser to remove your tonsils can cause a burn. Your tonsils could grow back if only part of your tonsils were removed during surgery.

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