Tonsillectomy & Adenoidectomy


A tonsillectomy is the removal of the tonsils. This procedure may be recommended if at least one of the following criteria is present:

  • At least four to six severe tonsillitis infections in the past year
  • Two to three tonsillitis infections per year for more than two years
  • Enlarged tonsils that cause severe trouble breathing or sleep disturbance
  • Deep pockets of infection in the tonsils that haven’t responded to medication.

An adenoidectomy is the removal of the adenoids. This procedure may be recommended if at least one of the following criteria is present:

1) the enlarged adenoids are obstructing the airway, (causing troubled breathing and sleep disturbance) 2) the adenoids may be causing persistent ear infections despite antibiotic treatment.

If both criteria are met, the doctor may recommend taking both out at the same time, eliminating a second surgery later. For either surgery or the combined procedure, the patient will be under anesthesia and unconscious.

Most tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy and BMT surgeries are performed on children. Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest takes special care to make you and your child feel comfortable before, during, and after the surgery. When you arrive at the Day Surgery department of the hospital, you will check in, and our specially trained nurses will prepare you and your child for surgery. The surgery usually takes only 30 minutes. Once your child is back in the recovery area and awake with pain under control, one family member will be able to go to the recovery area and be with the child.

Why Hillcrest Ear, Nose & Throat?

As a part of Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, Scott & White Healthcare, Hillcrest Ear, Nose & Throat strives to provide excellence in patient care through providing comprehensive otolaryngology services in the Central Texas Area.