Tonsillectomy

Tonsils are lymphoid tissue similar to lymph nodes (glands in the neck) and can be a source of recurrent sore throats, pharyngitis, fever, lethargy, abdominal pain, bad taste in the mouth, bad breath, enlargement of neck glands etc.

Tonsillectomy is preformed when there has been prolonged infections or abscess formation or if there is a suspicion of malignancy. Tonsillectomy is preformed as a day procedure surgery (can stay overnight on request) and takes approximately 45 minutes. Most patients have of sore throat for about 10 days.


Large tonsil blocking the oral cavity (throat)

Large tonsil blocking the oral cavity (throat)


Surgically removed tonsils

Surgically removed tonsils


Murali Mahadevan

Specialist ENT Surgeon

For all enquiries and appointments call (09) 631 1950

Gillies Hospital & Clinic
160 Gillies Avenue
Epsom, Auckland 1005

Facsimile: (09) 631 1951

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