Who needs a tonsillectomy?

Who needs a tonsillectomy?

As a family physician, I send patients to ear nose throat surgeons for a tonsillectomy if …

  1. Seven throat infections in one year
  2. Five throat infections per year for 2 consecutive years
  3. Three throat infections per year for 3 consecutive years.
  4. 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.

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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