Tonsil Surgery in Princeton and Monroe, NJ
If you have experienced reoccurring tonsil inflammation or sore throat, tonsil surgery can prevent these problems in the future. Board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay performs tonsil surgery for patients in the Central New Jersey area, including those throughout Princeton and Plainsboro, at Princeton Otolaryngology Associates.
What is Tonsil Surgery?
Tonsil surgery, or a tonsillectomy, is performed to remove the tonsils from the throat. It can be performed to alleviate reoccurring inflammation and sore throats, as well as to correct sleep apnea in some cases.
Benefits of Tonsil Surgery
Tonsil surgery reduces the patient’s risk for reoccurring throat and mouth infection. Benefits include:
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces sore throat occurrences
- Low-risk, outpatient procedure
How is Tonsil Surgery Performed?
You will be put under general anesthesia for this procedure. A device will be placed in your mouth to hold it open, giving Dr. Kay a good view of your throat. After identifying the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, multiple incisions are made using either a scalpel or thermal laser. The tonsils and tissue are removed, and a numbing medicine is administered to the area to help the blood clot faster. Sutures are also made to close the area, preventing bleeding.
Preparing For Tonsil Surgery
You’ll have to stop eating and drinking for a period of time before the procedure, due to the general anesthesia. Please arrange for transportation to and from surgery, as you will not be permitted to drive home. You may also need to discontinue certain medications that could increase bleeding during surgery.
Tonsil Surgery Recovery
We advise patients to eat soft foods, including soup and pudding, during the few days immediately following surgery; very hot or cold foods, as well as solids, should be avoided until swelling goes down. You will experience discomfort after the surgery and should take a few days off to recuperate.
How Much Does Tonsil Surgery Cost?
Most tonsil surgeries are covered by your health insurance. The amount you pay out of pocket will depend on your insurance coverage. For assistance determining your coverage, please give us a call.
Is Tonsil Surgery Right For Me?
If you experience frequent throat infections, this is an indication that the tonsils may require removal. If you experience sleep apnea, tonsil surgery may be an option to correct this condition. Dr. Kay will evaluate your symptoms to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Why Choose Princeton Otolaryngology Associates For Tonsil Surgery?
Dr. Scott Kay is a board-certified otolaryngologist who performs tonsil surgery to keep patients from experiencing reoccurring infection and other issues. Each patient receives precise surgical and aftercare if a tonsillectomy is required. Dr. Kay aims to keep his patients comfortable throughout the process, from consultation to follow-up.
What to Expect During Your Consultation for Tonsil Surgery
During your consultation, you’ll discuss with Dr. Kay the symptoms you’ve experienced and their severity. Dr. Kay will assess your medical issues in order to determine if they can be resolved by removing the tonsils. If you are a good candidate for the procedure, you will be able to schedule surgery at your convenience. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask any questions you have about the procedure.
Since 1993, board-certified New Jersey otolaryngologist Dr. Scott Kay has been treating patients at his Central New Jersey area practice, including those throughout Princeton and Plainsboro. Patients choose Dr. Kay for elite medical and surgical care relating to ear, nose, and throat issues. To schedule a consultation, please contact us today.