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Old 11.08.2011, 12:31
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Grownups: getting your tonsils out

Anyone has experience of having their Amygdales removed? I am too often experiencing throat infections and the amygdales look pretty bad. I also get a lot of pain in the ears.

So I am considering to have them remove. My mother said it is a big operation on adults to recover than children.

I would appreciate if someone can give me some feedback.

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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

I had a talk with my ENT recently as I seem to get infections quite often and he explained to me that there is always the risk of bleeding when operating in an adult (also in children but less) because the internal carotid artery is right behind the tonsils (Amygdalae), he also told me there is a choice where you take half or a part of the tonsil that is most protruding for instance and then the risk is lowered but he told me I needed to rest or 4 to 8 weeks
I am lazy but that would drive me crazy...since it was an elective I chose not to have it done...
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Old 11.08.2011, 12:51
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

I am confused. I thought (and wikipedia thinks) the amygdala is a part of your brain. Are we talking about tonsils here? If so I think there's a thread on that, I will go see if I can dig it up.

UPDATE: if we are talking about tonsils/adenoids, here's the thread: Adenoidectomy
Several people on there who had it done as adults.

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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

I have no experience personally but my 23 year year old niece had the op recently.(about 6 months ago)

She had suffered recurrent infections for quite a few years and decided it was worth having it done.

It is generally acknowledged that it is a more serious op in adults than in children but she had no problems at all. She was in and out of hospital in a day (she stayed overnight I think but not sure about that) and said that apart from a very sore throat for a ferw days afterwards she had no problems. She doesn't regret having it done and wishes she'd done it years ago.

Having said that everybody reacts differently so it might not be the same for you. (although she is a redhead with lots of freckles and they tend to have more chances of bleeding apparently).
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

I am pesimistic over removal since they are supposed to be the guards of infections, and once one has them removed, I think there is a higher risk of the infections setting down lower. Same with tonsils, mom had hers removed and now in adulthood she blames constant bronchitis, which is the infection that hasn't been caught up by tonsils, another guard system, on having her tonsils removed. So, I wouldn't do it and wouldn't have my kids ones removed, either.
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

A secondary problem is that the scar tissue can cause sleep apnea, as the throat area is stretched .
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So I am considering to have them remove. My mother said it is a big operation on adults to recover than children.
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I thought (and wikipedia thinks) the amygdala is a part of your brain.
She wants to get a lobotomy..???
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She wants to get a lobotomy..???
lobotomy reversal I think.
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Old 11.08.2011, 14:22
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

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I am confused. I thought (and wikipedia thinks) the amygdala is a part of your brain. Are we talking about tonsils here? If so I think there's a thread on that, I will go see if I can dig it up.

UPDATE: if we are talking about tonsils/adenoids, here's the thread: Adenoidectomy
Several people on there who had it done as adults.
Gawd, if anyone went near my Amygdala... I would not know whether to fight or flight!
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I am confused. I thought (and wikipedia thinks) the amygdala is a part of your brain. Are we talking about tonsils here? If so I think there's a thread on that, I will go see if I can dig it up.

UPDATE: if we are talking about tonsils/adenoids, here's the thread: Adenoidectomy
Several people on there who had it done as adults.
LOL yes the amigdala (singular) is part of the brain but in Spanish/French and also in technical English (please do slap me if Im wrong) you can also say amigdalae to refer to tonsils.
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Old 11.08.2011, 14:32
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

I thought amygdala is the fear/panic bit of brain that somewhat functions in reproduction, pleasure..I wouldn't advise anyone to mess with it.

ETA, ok, I see the link to tonsils, etc.
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Re: Amygdalectomy on Adult

In greek they are called "amigdales".
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In greek they are called "amigdales".
Awesome. In English they're called tonsils. Back on topic please folks. Such as it is.
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Re: Grownups: getting your tonsils out

Getting your tonsils out can be done with lasers nowadays and is a swift procedure. The other thing is, do you really want to take out your tonsils. Basically, tonsils are an important part of your imune system. If they're giving you trouble consistently, the problem may lay elsewhere. Just like a flue, it's a simple reaction your body is making to an organism which may be trying to attack your body.
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Re: Grownups: getting your tonsils out

Could this have anything to do at all with your thyroid problems, as the tonsils are very close to the thyroid gland?
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Re: Grownups: getting your tonsils out

Actually, tonsils are not that important and can actually become a problem when they turn into a source for chronic infections. Usually tonsilectomy is done in childhood and it does not affect the quality of life of a person. The most common complication as I mentioned before is bleeding but there is no real increased risk for infection afterwards (which there is after a splenectomy for instance).
BTW a tonsilectomy can also be done for apnea cause by enlarged tonsils...it does not cause apnea (it is the opposite)...
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Getting your tonsils out can be done with lasers nowadays and is a swift procedure. The other thing is, do you really want to take out your tonsils. Basically, tonsils are an important part of your imune system. If they're giving you trouble consistently, the problem may lay elsewhere. Just like a flue, it's a simple reaction your body is making to an organism which may be trying to attack your body.
Great food for thought, Thanks

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Could this have anything to do at all with your thyroid problems, as the tonsils are very close to the thyroid gland?
Hum.... It could be related to autoimmune disease, but it has to be ckecked.

Thanks everyone for your opinions about it. I still think it could be a good option as suggested by a doctor I saw, and confirmed by Angela.

If you got them removed, please share the experience with me,

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Could this have anything to do at all with your thyroid problems, as the tonsils are very close to the thyroid gland?
Anatomical proximity is not really the same as functional relatedness. So i would say one thing has nothing to do with the other, there are no known autoimmune diseases that affect the tonsils.
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