The tonsils are two small glands at the back of your throat. They help your body to fight infection, but are only important during the first few years of your life.
Tonsillitis is when your tonsils themselves become infected. It is a common childhood illness, but adults can get it too. You may have a sore throat, difficulty swallowing, high temperature, cough, headache or earache. If you keep getting tonsillitis, you may need to have your tonsils removed. The procedure is called a tonsillectomy and it is one of the most common throat operations. Your doctor may also recommend a tonsillectomy if you have:
- a collection of pus called an abscess between your tonsils and the wall of your throat (this condition is called quinsy)
- swollen tonsils that cause breathing problems
- swollen tonsils that make you snore heavily or hold your breath at night
- sore throats that often interrupt your everyday life
- bleeding or cancer of the tonsils.
The minimally invasive procedure is done in your mouth. You do not have any cuts or scars on your face. The surgeon can remove your tonsils using a small instrument, heat or sound waves. Whatever method they choose, you are given a general anaesthetic. This means that you are asleep for the whole procedure and do not feel any pain. The operation takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
Here at Highgate Private Hospital, we have an expert team of ear, nose and throat consultants. They are skilled in diagnosing, treating and managing a wide range of problems, both non-surgically and surgically. We offer an all-inclusive self-pay package for surgery to remove your tonsils.
We offer inclusive prices for a tonsillectomy procedure starting from £2,627 (terms and conditions.