Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils. Tonsillectomy is reserved for patients who have:
- Chronic or recurrent tonsil infections resistant to medical (antibiotic) therapy.
- Enlarged tonsils causing breathing or sleep irregularities (snoring, obstructive sleep apnea).
There are a variety of techniques to remove tonsils including:
- Cold knife Tonsillectomy
- Cautery Tonsillectomy
- Coblation Tonsillectomy
- Powered intracapsular tonsillectomy
All techniques are effective in removing the tonsils. The technique used to remove the tonsils depends on the patient’s anatomy, history of prior infection or abscess, the underlying process and patient preference. Tonsillectomy is usually done on an outpatient basis. Most patients go home an hour after the surgery.
Dr. Zadeh has extensive experience and knowledge to formulate and execute the most appropriate surgical plan to remove the tonsils. Surgery is reserved for patients where it is the most effective and appropriate treatment. He has extensive knowledge of the anatomy and function of the structures in this region, and utilizes state-of-the-art, minimally surgical techniques.