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What you Need to Know about Tonsillectomy

A tonsillectomy is a surgical procedure to remove the tonsils. Tonsils are two small glands located in the back of your throat. Tonsils house white blood cells to help you fight infection, but sometimes the tonsils themselves become infected. Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils that can make your tonsils swell and give you a sore throat.

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Who needs a tonsillectomy?

Tonsillitis and the need for tonsillectomies are more common in children than adults. However, people of any age can experience trouble with their tonsils and require surgery.

One case of tonsillitis is not enough to warrant a tonsillectomy. Usually, the surgery is a treatment option for those who are often sick with tonsillitis or strep throat. If you’ve had at least seven cases of tonsillitis or strep in the last year (or five cases or more over each of the last two years), talk to your doctor about whether a tonsillectomy is an option for you.


Risks during a tonsillectomy

A tonsillectomy is a very common, routine procedure. However, like with other surgeries, there are some risks with this procedure. These can include:

  • swelling
  • infection
  • bleeding
  • reaction to anesthetics
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Tonsillectomy can be performed in various ways –

  • Cold Steel- The oldest and most commonly performed method.
  • Coblation Assisted- Using a Coblation wand heat is applied underneath the tonsil to remove it. It is claimed that early post operative pain and intraoperative bleeding are less following this method. Removal of tonsils by Coblation is technically a Tonsillotomy.
  • Electro cautery – using diathermy and coagulation created by heat – usually cold steel is combined with this technique – the tonsils are removed by instruments and bleeding is controlled with bipolar diathermy
  • Microdebrider assisted – the blade uses cutting and suction to remove tissue

MedFirst ENT Centre Advantage for tonsillectomy with Health Insurance and TPA

MedFirst ENT Centre is dedicated to providing a seamless experience for patients seeking ENT  care, including ENT-related procedures such as tonsillectomy. They have affiliations with major insurance companies, ensuring patients can navigate the financial aspects of various treatments, including tonsillectomy. Their exceptional Third Party Administrator (TPA) team plays a crucial role in streamlining the health claim process for tonsillectomy and other ENT procedures, making it efficient and stress-free. Whether you need coverage under a Group Health Insurance Plan or an Individual/Family Health Insurance Plan that covers tonsillectomy, MedFirst ENT Centre’s extensive network and dedicated TPA team ensure smooth processing of health insurance claims. This relieves patients of administrative burdens and allows them to focus on their health and well-being, especially when considering procedures like tonsillectomy. Their commitment to efficient insurance-related processes, particularly for tonsillectomy, underscores their dedication to patient care and convenience.


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