Tonsillitis is a common condition in children, causing the tonsils to become inflamed. Symptoms include sore throat and fever. If tonsillitis recurs between three and five times a year, leading to time off school, doctors may advise the tonsils be removed during a short procedure known as a tonsillectomy. [link to Tonsillectomy[SJ1] page] For children having a tonsillectomy, the adenoids are often removed at the same time in a procedure known as adenotonsillectomy.
HCA hospitals offer adenotonsillectomies, performed by an expert paediatric surgeon under a full general anaesthetic. Often, surgery can be performed as a day case, and the patient can normally go home after six hours. Recovery takes about two weeks, during which time most patients will have a degree of discomfort in the throat that can be eased by simple pain medicine and regular eating.
When your child has an adenotonsillectomy at one of our hospitals:
- your child will benefit from being in a kind, compassionate, safe and relaxing environment
- your child will be treated by an expert paediatrician
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With us, you can be sure you are getting the best treatment available. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience. We’ve invested £500 million over the past decade on the latest treatments and medication, many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. While some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency, our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other UK-based private healthcare group. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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