You Can Die from a tonsillectomy

When does tonsil surgery make sense in adults?

Recurring tonsillitis not only occur in childhood, but also in adults. Surgery can prevent tonsillitis, but it has certain risks. Above all, this includes secondary bleeding.

Inflammation of the tonsils can lead to sore throats and difficulty swallowing, among other things. If the cause is often dealt with first. If the tonsils keep getting infected, the question may arise as to whether it would not be better to have them completely or partially removed. It is important to weigh up the following: On the one hand, there is the hope that inflammation will occur less often or not at all after an operation. On the other hand, there are the risks of the intervention and the question of whether it can actually help in the long term.

An intervention is only possible

  • if bacterial tonsillitis occurs at least three to five times a year,
  • an antibiotic has been taken repeatedly and
  • the complaints are very distressing.

In addition, it should be excluded as far as possible that this is a virus infection. These are not always easy to distinguish from bacterial tonsillitis. Bacteria can be detected with a smear.

Typical symptoms of bacterial tonsillitis are:

  • Fever (over 38 ° C)
  • swollen and painful cervical lymph nodes
  • Purulent coated almonds
  • no cough

Last but not least, complications such as a collection of pus around the tonsils () can be a reason to consider surgery.