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Tonsillectomy is most often done when other nonsurgical treatments have not worked for:
- Chronic or recurrent tonsil infections—Tonsillectomy may reduce the number, but will not completely eliminate, these infections.
- Peritonsillar abscess (pocket of infection spreading outside the tonsil)
- Enlarged tonsils causing obstruction of the throat
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Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a tonsillectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
- Temporary breathing problems
- Adverse reaction to anesthesia
- Vomiting and dehydration
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Poor nutrition
- Chronic illness
- Sickle cell anemia
- Bleeding disorders
- Recent or current steroid use
- Intake of anticoagulants or aspirin products
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before your tonsillectomy.
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