Many children have health issues that require the removal of their tonsils, adenoids or both. We know you are the ultimate protector of your children’s health, and it can be overwhelming to find the best place to treat enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids.
At CHOC Children’s, our team of pediatric otolaryngologists (ENTs) provide our patients with innovative, comprehensive and clinically advanced care. Our physicians are all fellowship trained in pediatric otolaryngology, bringing a specialized expertise to children’s care not found at adult practices. CHOC’s commitment to research and ongoing education means we are always at the forefront of pediatric ENT care.
Tonsillectomy is one of the most common procedures performed on children in the United States. In a traditional tonsillectomy, the tonsils are removed completely which exposes the muscles surrounding the throat. This results in considerable post-operative discomfort and pain, especially when trying to eat after surgery. In addition, when the scab heals and falls off, there is a risk of bleeding as well.
The ENT team at CHOC Children’s offers intracapsular tonsillectomy (IT) as an alternative to traditional complete tonsillectomy. In this procedure, a small portion of the tonsils are left behind. The muscles surrounding the throat are covered by the remaining tonsil and are not exposed, which makes eating after surgery much less painful and there is much lower risk of bleeding after surgery. Compared to a traditional tonsillectomy, an intracapsular tonsillectomy involves much less pain, earlier return to regular diet, smaller chances of readmission due to dehydration and much lower risk of postoperative bleeding.
The regrowth rate of intracapsular tonsillectomy at CHOC procedure is 0.5-1%.
No. The procedure takes the same amount of time, 30 to 45 minutes.
Intracapsular tonsillectomy is growing in popularity in the United States. Elsewhere in the world such as Sweden, this procedure is the preferred method of tonsil removal.
Usually children will require only over-the-counter pain medication for a few days after surgery. Some children do not even require any pain medication.
There are no age restrictions for this procedure.
To learn if intracapsular tonsillectomy is the right choice for your child, please make an appointment.
In this segment of American Health Journal, Dr. Gupreet Ahuja describes the difference between tonsils and adenoids, and goes on to tell us what the reasons would be for removal.
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