As one of the most common surgeries performed on American children, a tonsillectomy is practically a rite of passage. Adults may also benefit from having their tonsils removed. Oral/maxillofacial surgeons are experts at taking out this pair of egg-shaped pads of flesh at the back of the throat.
If you or your child needs surgical attention that involves teeth, gums, jaw or surrounding oral and facial structures, we at the office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are dedicated to providing you with the topmost level of expert and empathetic care. Our team will work closely with you to ensure your well-being. You will be in excellent medical hands. We are experts at making our patients of all ages feel comfortable and secure during their visits.
The two chief reasons someone gets a tonsillectomy are if he (or she) has breathing problems while sleeping—mainly frequent and labored snoring—or if he has six or more throat infections per year during which his tonsils are inflamed and swollen.
The patient is under general anesthesia during the 30-minute procedure. Usually, all of the tonsil tissue is taken out, though some patients require only a partial tonsillectomy.
A tonsillectomy can be performed using different methods. The oral surgeon will decide which method is suitable for each patient.
Electrocautery employs heat for removal and cauterization. During a cold knife (steel) dissection, the surgeon uses a scalpel to cut them out and then. A harmonic scalpel’s ultrasonic vibrations cut out the tonsils. Radiofrequency ablation uses radio waves; carbon dioxide laser cuts them out with a heated laser beam; and a microdebrider is a rotary device that shaves away tissue but not the whole tonsil. Cauterization or stitches are used to close the sites.
At the office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we provide a warm and welcoming experience to each patient. We ensure that everyone who comes to see us feels at ease. When you visit us, you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced treatment available. Please call us today to schedule an appointment.
By Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
November 28, 2022