Tonsils are small round tissue masses located at the back of the throat. Tonsils can become infected or enlarged, which leads to difficulty breathing at night and choking episodes. Additionally, tonsils may harbor small stones that can lead to bad breath and cause significant social distress. These are all indications that the tonsils should be removed.
Adenoids, located in a region of the body called the nasopharynx (at the very back of the nose), are a normal anatomic part in children and young adults. They can become enlarged or infected, and can lead to snoring, disrupted sleep, nasal congestion, chronic runny nose, and can also be associated with recurring ear infections.
The tonsils and adenoids are removed through the mouth, with no external incisions, and can be excised either individually or simultaneously, depending on the needs of the patient.