WHAT IS A TONSILLECTOMY?
Enlarged tonsils may obstruct the airway during sleep, as well as cause difficulty during normal breathing. A tonsillectomy is an outpatient surgery that removes enlarged tonsils to open up the airway to provide relief from symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea.
How Does A Tonsillectomy Work?
While a patient is under general anesthesia, the doctor will carefully remove the tonsils using specialized medical instruments. The entire surgery typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes.
What Are The Benefits Of A Tonsillectomy?
Benefits of a tonsillectomy include:
- Continued relief from airway obstruction
- Improved sleep quality
- Decreased frequency of ear, nose and throat illnesses
What Results Can I Expect From A Tonsillectomy?
While many people notice significant improvements in snoring and sleep apnea symptoms within several weeks of having the surgery, the full benefit will typically take several months.