Who needs a tonsillectomy?
As a family physician, I send patients to ear nose throat surgeons for a tonsillectomy if …
- Seven throat infections in one year
- Five throat infections per year for 2 consecutive years
- Three throat infections per year for 3 consecutive years.
- Snoring or obstructed-breathing when asleep especially when associated with bed wetting, asthma, poor school performance or behavior issues.
(These are updated guidelines from The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery)
As a side note, observational studies show that codeine (or any medication containing codeine) should not be given after tonsillectomy due to possible severe complications.
I hope this helps.