Tonsillectomy in Long Island, NY
If you or your child has frequent infections of the tonsils, Eunice E. Park, MD, who is dual board-certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat (otolaryngology), may recommend a tonsillectomy. Dr. Park offers tonsillectomy surgery for children, adolescents and adults in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York.
What is a Tonsillectomy?
The tonsils are two lymph nodes located at the back of your throat. You have one tonsil on each side. Tonsils are part of your immune system that protect you from viruses and bacteria that occur in the mouth. Because of this role, tonsils are prone to becoming inflamed and infected. When a person has recurring infection or inflammation of the tonsils, Dr. Park may recommend a tonsillectomy to remove the lymph nodes.
Benefits of a Tonsillectomy
You can live without your tonsils, so Dr. Park may recommend a tonsillectomy. The goal of the surgery is to eliminate the problems caused by frequently inflamed and infected tonsils, such as:
- Problems swallowing
- Sore throats
- Trouble breathing due to tonsils that block the airway
- Blood draining from the tonsils
Am I a Candidate for a Tonsillectomy?
If you or your child experiences recurring or chronic tonsillitis, and inflammation of the tonsils, Dr. Park may recommend a tonsillectomy. She bases her recommendation in a medical history and review of symptoms. A physical examination allows her to determine if the tonsils are swollen.
What to Expect from a Tonsillectomy
A tonsillectomy is performed on an outpatient basis in our office, so you will go home the next day. Children and those with certain medical conditions may need to be admitted to the hospital. General anesthesia is used for the procedure. Once you are sedated, Dr. Park uses a scalpel to remove the tonsils. An alternative technique may be used in which Dr. Park uses a device that emits heat or a type of energy to destroy the tissues of the tonsils.
Pain is a common symptom after a tonsillectomy. You may experience pain in your ears and throat. Dr. Park may recommend pain medications and antibiotics. You will need to drink fluids and eat a bland diet. Cold foods, such as pudding and ice cream, can be eaten and may help alleviate the discomfort.
You will need to rest for several days, and avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks. Dr. Park will provide any other aftercare instructions before you leave our office.
How Much Does a Tonsillectomy Cost in Long Island, NY?
Your medical insurance may cover a portion of the cost for a tonsillectomy. You can pay your out-of-pocket expenses by cash, check, and major credit cards.
Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils that may require tonsillectomy surgery to remove the lymph nodes. Although the surgery is most often performed on children, adults living in Long Island, Queens and surrounding communities in New York may also need a tonsillectomy. If you would like to learn more about tonsillitis and tonsillectomy surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation with ENT specialist, Dr. Eunice E. Park.