Tonsils and adenoids are masses of tissue that help defend the immune system from infections. Both protect against viral and bacterial infections by catching and trapping incoming germs through the mouth and nose. Tonsils are located in the back of the throat and adenoids are located directly behind the nose. They can become infected by viruses and bacteria causing a sore throat and post nasal drainage. Boys Town National Research Hospital helps guide individuals with tonsil or adenoid concerns.
The surgery procedures are called tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy – which removes the tonsils or adenoids. Below are two main reasons to consider before getting surgery.
Boys Town Ear, Nose and Throat clinic locations to talk to an otolaryngologist specialist if you or your child is experiencing problems related to tonsils and adenoids.