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Kristin Hayes, R.N.

Why Tonsillectomies Went Out of Style

By October 31, 2011

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If you're a baby boomer chances are you've had your tonsils out. During this era tonsils were considered an unnecessary evil, and doctors recommended that all children have them out, so why the change? Since the 1970's the number of tonsillectomies has consistently declined in the United States. New research has revealed serious risks of the surgery and scientists are no longer so sure that tonsils are as useless as they thought.

Currently, about half a million people in the U.S. have their tonsils removed each year. The vast majority of these surgeries are considered successful, although unpleasant side effects such as sore throat, nausea and vomiting, bad breath and fatigue are common. The major concern is that up to 3.7% of patients experience bleeding after surgery. Most of the time the bleeding can be safely resolved but deaths rarely occur. This risk has caused surgeons to take a step back when considering whether or not to remove the tonsils. For more information read:

Tonsillectomy Risks Versus Benefits: Is it Worth It?

Is Bleeding After a Tonsillectomy an Emergency?

All About Having Your Tonsils Removed

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November 6, 2012 at 6:06 am
(1) Tonsillitis says:

I had my tonsils out last year after suffering with severe tonsillitis every year since the age of 11. I wish I had done it sooner!

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