Infections and problems with the tonsils are very common. When the tonsils become infected and enlarged, it may lead to breathing, swallowing and sleep problems, in addition to pain and fever. Abscesses and “stones” can also form around the tonsils, and chronic problems with the tonsils have been linked to other conditions, such as sinusitis, chronic ear infections, strep throat and mononucleosis.
What are tonsils?
Tonsils are masses of tissue that are similar to the lymph nodes found in the neck, groin and armpits. It is believed that tonsils may help defend against incoming bacteria during the first year of life by helping the body to form antibodies.
Symptoms of tonsils infection may include:
- Sore throat
- Ear pain
- Bad breath
- Bright red tonsils
- Grayish-white coating on tonsils
- Swollen lymph nodes
How are infections of the tonsils treated?
It’s important to have all throat infections evaluated and treated by a physician since certain infections, such as strep infections, can be especially dangerous if untreated and may lead to serious medical complications, including heart and kidney damage. Bacterial infections in the tonsils can be treated with antibiotics, while viral infections (which don’t respond to antibiotic treatment) are usually treated with over-the-counter drugs to relieve symptoms such as pain and fever.
When should tonsils be removed?
The decision to remove tonsils through surgery will depend on each patient’s individual circumstances. In general, surgery to remove should be considered when:
- Infections are resistant to treatment or recur frequently (four to seven times per year or more).
- Significant enlargement of tonsils leads to problems with sleep disturbance and apnea and difficulty breathing or swallowing.
What is STARION and how can it improve your healing time?
Dr. Sigari is proud to announce that he utilizes Starion’s cutting edge brand of surgical instruments, which provides superior value because they seal and divide without passing electrical energy through the body. This leads to increased accuracy and quicker healing in patients.
Dr Sigari discovered the availability of the Starion Tissue Welding Technology in 2005 and has been using it with great success and benefit for his patients. The Stairon Tissue Welding device uses thermal energy to divide and seal the tissue allowing for very little damage to the surrounding tissues. And thus patients report less pain, earlier return to normal eating habits, and less chance of postoperative bleeding.
Hear one Dr Sigari’s Adult patient talk about his experience with the “Painless” Tonsillectomy procedure!
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