A Tonsillectomy is performed by a doctor to remove tonsillitis that you may have acquired and even though it is a relatively save procedure, people still have some questions. This procedure is more commonly referred to as getting your “tonsils removed” and is most common within children and young teens. In fact, tonsillitis surgery is currently the single most common surgery performed on children living in the US.
Tonsillitis Surgery Procedure
An otolaryngologist (ENT Doctor) is going to be the one performing the surgical operation most likely at a local hospital or surgery center. You will be sedated to that surgeons standards and then the procedure will begin through the mouth. We all may be familiar with the David Gag used to keep the tongue suppressed during the surgical operation from TV hospital TV shows. Special tweezers and scraping tools are then used to remove the tonsils from the back of the throat area and don’t worry, you won’t feel a thing until you wake up. Once the tonsils have been removed the surgeon will stitch you up and the tonsil surgery is complete. The average surgery won’t last long than 45 minutes maximum.
The recovery time from a tonsillectomy will vary between adults and children and of course the size that the tonsils were. The longer and harder the surgeon had to work at removing them is usually a way to tell how severe the after pain and recovery time will be. The majority of patients that went through this procedure though saw dramatic recovery around the second week after the surgery was performed. Children may often experience a slight longer period of recovery time but it is nothing to be alarmed about. You should feel full recovered no longer than 4 weeks after the surgical procedure unless there were some side effects.
The cost of tonsillitis surgery is going to depend on where you have your procedure done and the surgeon that performs it. The prices can range anywhere from $1,600 all the way up to around $7,000 to have your tonsils removed. If you do have insurance make sure that a tonsillectomy is covered so you don’t end up getting a higher bill than you anticipated. There are numerous surgeons that perform these surgeries and if you have the choice, shop around for the best price and the best surgeon.
Since this operation is one of the most common surgeries there are plenty of ways to save money and have options. The procedure is safe and done by a professional in the field and you can be in and out within one day so you won’t miss out on things longer than you have to. Now that you know how the procedure works, how long it will take to recover and how much you can expect to pay you should be able to go into your surgery more confident.