Thirty years ago, approximately 90 percent of tonsillectomies in children were done for recurrent infection; now it is about 20 percent for infection and 80 percent for obstructive sleep problems (OSA).* If your child has frequent sore throats, strep throat or disrupted sleep, his doctor may recommend removing the tonsils.
When it’s your child, every surgery is serious. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has pediatric experts that perform thousands of tonsillectomies each year and training to help them handle any situation. If you’ve ever wondered what happens during a tonsillectomy, follow the Children’s Twitter account @childrensatl or hashtag, #CHOASurgery, Thursday, December 15th to experience the surgery from anesthesia to recovery. Visit www.choa.org/tonsils to learn more about Children’s and tonsillectomies.*American Academy of Otolaryngology.