What happens During Surgery?
For children, the operation is performed under a general anaesthetic and usually takes about 30 minutes.
Your surgeon will perform the tonsillectomy through your child’s mouth using one of the following techniques.
- Cold dissection technique – Your surgeon will use a steel instrument to peel or cut the tonsil away from the layer of muscle underneath it
- Diathermy technique – Your surgeon will use a special instrument that uses heat to stop the bleeding
- Coblation technique – Your surgeon will use an instrument that uses radio-frequency energy to dissolve the tonsil
For adults, surgery usually involves the cold dissection technique or the diathermy technique to perform the tonsillectomy.
How long will I stay in hospital?
For adults, you should be able to go home the next day.
For children, they should be able to go home the same day or the day after.
What is my recovery time?
The pain can last for up to 2 weeks. It usually gets gradually worse over the first 4 to 5 days before beginning to improve and tends to be worse first thing in the morning.
For both adults and children, you will need to stay off work or school and away from groups of people for 2 weeks. This is to help prevent throat infections while the throat is still healing.
For adults, regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
Most people make a full recovery and return to normal activities.