Information for close family

Tonsil surgery is a quick surgical procedure that’s performed under anaesthetic. The operation can be performed in two ways: Either the whole tonsil is removed, which is most common in the event of repeated throat infections, or only the protruding parts that block the airway are removed.

The ear, nose and throat (Otolaryngology) doctor who’ll perform the operation decides which surgical procedure is best suited. The decision depends on the problems the tonsils are causing your child.

During the operation, the tonsils are removed through the mouth. The wound where the tonsil used to be is left open, and the bleeding is normally small. The child is very tired after the operation and needs to sleep.

The purpose of this information is to help everyone who undergoes tonsil surgery to feel as good as possible after the operation and to return to normal food and normal activities as quick as possible.