Anginas, when do you have to operate?

The angina they form a lymphatic defense ring that protects against bacteria and viruses. They are located in the back of the mouth and are responsible for producing antibodies, especially during the first year of life of the baby. The angina, the lingual tonsil and the adenoids together form the Waldeyer ring. But, in the case of Angina, when is it necessary to operate? Currently, the recommendation is to wait using treatments against inflammation and infection, but it is necessary to remove them when they cause a deterioration in the health of people, whether children or adults.

When is it advisable to remove the angina?

It is recommended to operate angina, among others, when:


- Tonsillitis becomes recurrent or it entails severe symptoms of fever, repeated abscesses, which usually generate neck pain and torticollis, or fever.
- The excessive size of the tonsils It causes difficulties to breathe or swallow food.
- Generates obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder in which the thickening of the tonsils obstructs part of the airways with episodes of shortness of breath while sleeping.
- In case of suspicion of a malignant tumor.

What is tonsillectomy?

Tonsillectomy is the removal of the palatine tonsils, a surgery that is usually performed under general anesthesia and without the need for any external incision to access them. In general, it is not a very long procedure, and usually requires a day of hospital admission, it is a technique whose ambulatory recovery takes between one week and ten days. This surgery may or may not be associated with the removal of the adenoid tissue (vegetations), if necessary.


Care after surgery of the tonsils

They can feel discomfort in the mouth, tongue, throat and jaw after surgery, which are controlled with analgesics and anti-inflammatories.

The presence of these other discomforts may also be normal:

- general discomfort
- bad breath
- swelling of the back of the throat
- low-grade

Advice for home

The main care is recommended

- Eat soft foods at room temperature or cool
- Avoid orange juice and other acidic fruits
- Avoid spicy or hot food that may bother when swallowed
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
- No Smoking
- Avoid physical efforts

Dr. Daniel Poletti. Otorhinolaryngology Service of the Hospital La Milagrosa in Madrid


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