Everyone has small glands on each side of the throat (tonsils) and at the top of the throat behind the nose (adenoids). A tonsillectomy (ton-sil-ek-toe-mee) is surgery to remove the tonsils, while an adenoidectomy (ad-uh-noid-ek-toe-mee) is surgery to remove the adenoids. A tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy done together is also commonly referred to as a T&A.

Care at home

You will be given discharge care instructions when you leave the hospital. Follow these instructions carefully. They will cover information including:

It usually takes three weeks before healing is complete. Many children need two weeks home from child care, kindergarten or school.