Soon, you’ll have your tonsils operated on. The more you know about what is going to happen, the better you’re going to feel before, during and after your surgery. That’s why it’s important that you read this information together with your parents or another adult who will be with you during your surgery.
I need an operation because I get a lot of throat infections.
I need an operation because I have enlarged tonsils.
What happens when you have your tonsils taken out?
Your tonsils are at the very back of your throat. If you look in a mirror, you can see them on either side of your tongue. They look almost like a couple of meatballs. Your tonsils can become infected and then you may get a fever and a sore throat. If your tonsils get infected often, you may need to have them removed to make you feel better.
Another reason you may need to have your tonsils removed, is if they grow so large that it makes it hard for you to breathe normally when you are asleep. The doctor removes the two lumps of tissue in the back of your throat.
Sometimes, the doctor doesn’t have to remove the whole tonsil; it may work to just make them slightly smaller.
You’ll be asleep during the entire operation and won’t notice a thing. Afterwards, the discomfort you feel because of your tonsils will disappear.
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If you ask your parents, they can help you go to the link www.tonsilloperation.se. Here you can listen to the story of Moa who has to operate her tonsils because she gets a lot of throat infection and Elias who has to have surgery because he has large tonsils that the make it hard for him to breathe normally when hes asleep.
Visit the www.narkoswebben.se if you want to find out more about what actually happens when you go into hospital and have to have an anaesthetic for an operation. You can come along to the clown hospital, meet spy-scout Hilding Vilding, paint and play, play games, watch films and meet lots of kids who’ve been in hospital.