Tonsils and adenoids are part of your body’s immune system, but they cause more harm than good when they become the site of recurrent infections or obstruct your breathing. The doctors at Colorado West Otolaryngologists, PC, monitor your throat issues and remove tonsils and adenoids with a quick surgical procedure when they become troublesome. If you require tonsil and adenoid surgery, call one of the offices in Gunnison, Montrose, or Grand Junction, Colorado. You can also conveniently book online for a surgical consultation.
Tonsils and adenoids, similar in structure to glands, are components of your immune system that catch incoming bacteria and viruses as they enter the body. Adenoids and tonsils form one of your body’s first lines of defense against these invaders, trapping them before they proceed any further.
Although the tonsils and adenoids perform beneficial roles in the body, they sometimes cause these and other problems:
Some men, women, and children experience repeated bouts of strep throat, ear infections, tonsillitis, or other bacterial infections related to their tonsils or adenoids. These infections cause inflammation, pain, and discomfort.
Tonsils and adenoids are sometimes the sources of breathing problems, including obstructive sleep apnea. When enlarged, your tonsils or adenoids can cause noisy breathing and snoring.
Tonsil stones are white calcified deposits of collected debris on the tonsils. They cause pain, halitosis (bad breath), and other unfavorable symptoms.
Strep throat, tonsillitis, and ear infections usually respond to antibiotics. Tonsil stones typically resolve on their own. Children with tonsil or adenoid problems may grow out of them.
When your tonsils and adenoids cause more problems than benefits, your doctor at Colorado West Otolaryngologists, PC, may suggest surgery.
Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are recommended if you endure repeated infections, infections that don’t respond well to antibiotics, or airway obstructions.
Tonsillectomies and adenoidectomies are outpatient surgeries that usually take less than one hour to perform. Expect to receive an IV and general anesthesia in preparation for your procedure.
Your surgeon will address any concerns you may have before the surgery so that you can feel at ease. During the operation, your surgeon removes your adenoids and tonsils using minimally invasive techniques.
After surgery, you remain in the building for a few hours for observation, after which you can return home. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy generally have speedy recovery times and cause few side effects.
When you’re troubled by tonsil or adenoid-related problems, contact the experts at Colorado West Otolaryngologists, PC, online or over the phone.