Complications Associated with Adult Tonsillectomies
Tonsils are the two masses of lymphoid tissue located in the back of the mouth, one on each side of the opening of the throat. Most people understand what tonsils are, but are not sure what their purpose is. Tonsils manufacture a certain type of white blood cell, believed to help fight disease. Seeing that our tonsils help to fight disease, we could think that they would be the body’s initial line of defense against viruses and other bacteria that are introduced through the mouth.
A tonsillectomy, the surgical removal of the tonsils, might be suggested if there are recurrent incidences of tonsillitis. It may also be recommended for breathing problems during sleep, bleeding issues or some other uncommon diseases of the tonsils. Tonsillectomies, like any ...view middle of the document...
The adult also needs to consider any other existing conditions they might have that might lead to other complications. Eating food is very difficult after a tonsillectomy, which means dehydration can be a factor in the recovery process. If the patient gets dehydrated the scab on the wound will fall off and bleeding will follow. One of the greatest risks that an adult faces after a tonsillectomy, is that of the wound hemorrhaging, as the blood vessels that supply the tonsils are also much larger in the older patient. To avoid having the wound hemorrhage, an adult should pay special attention to their activity level and staying hydrated.
Seeing that the tonsils are the first line of defense when it comes to bacteria and viruses that enter into the mouth, this would mean that they are more susceptible to inflammation and infections. As with any surgical procedure, tonsillectomies also carry a lot of the same risks, but the recovery is what differs the most when it comes to adults’ vs children. Before deciding to go through with an adult tonsillectomy, it is important to choose a time frame where you can support the lower activity levels to aid in the healing process. Knowing that adult patients are more likely to have other existing conditions which can increase the risks and complications, it is important for them to understand the surgical risks and know that the recovery time is not fast or easy.
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