Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy

Provided by Darryl Willett, MD

Pediatric Tonsillectomy and Adenoidectomy (known as a T&A) is the second most common pediatric surgical procedure performed. There may be a variety of reasons your child might be referred to one of our Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists here at Ohio ENT and Allergy Physicians.

The more common reasons to be referred by your child’s Pediatrician, Family Physician or Dentist are: chronic tonsillitis (or strep throat), snoring, obstructive sleep apnea (where your child has pauses in their nighttime breathing, breath holding and gasping episodes), swallowing problems where they appear to be choking on food, chronic halitosis (bad breath), and chronic mouth breathing which can lead to misaligned teeth.

Complications are uncommon, but fewer than 1% of children can have bleeding after surgery. Most of the time, this is self-limiting and nothing further needs to be done, but on a rare occasion, your child may need to go back to surgery to have the bleeding stopped. Most children should expect to miss 1 week of school to recover.

Thousands of these procedures are performed annually in Central Ohio. The Surgeons at OhioENT and Allergy Physicians, collaborating with the finest Anesthesiologists, have performed nearly 21,000 pediatric tonsillectomies over the past 20 years at The Ohio Surgery Center.

The Ohio Surgery Center was the first-of-its-kind Single Specialty All-Ear, Nose and Throat Surgery Center in the country. Their safety record is unsurpassed, receiving only the highest accolades from the national governing board, JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations). Our surgeons are Board Certified and have received an extensive 5 years of tonsillectomy training of all age groups in their residencies and work alongside anesthesiologists who have also received pediatric training with Board Certified Pediatric Fellowship Trained Anesthesiologists on staff.

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