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Tonsil removal

Tonsillectomy​

If you suffer from recurrent tonsillitis or related issues, your tonsils can be removed with a simple surgical procedure

About

Tonsils are part of the immune system and help to protect the body against illness and bacteria. However, if you suffer from recurrent infections, persistent discomfort, sleep apnoea or other associated complaints, tonsil removal may be recommended.

Need to know

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    The procedure is done under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep during surgery. Your surgeon will remove the tonsils through your mouth using specialised instruments. Sometimes they will close the area with stitches to help the healing process. The entire procedure usually takes about 20 minutes.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. Because you'll be having general anaesthetic, they'll let you know how long you should avoid eating and drinking before surgery. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • Afterwards icon plus

    You should be able to return home the same day as your surgery, but you should arrange for someone to pick you up from the hospital. It's normal for your throat to feel sore for up to two weeks after the procedure, especially when eating or swallowing. It’s also common to have an earache during the healing process, which can last for up to two weeks. You’ll be given a prescription for pain medication and possibly antibiotics if needed. You may need to stay home from school or work for several days following the procedure. Your consultant will tell you when you can get back to your usual routine.
Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital Facility

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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