The tonsillectomy procedure is a surgical operation to remove infected tonsils. 


The tonsils are part of a group of lymphoid tissues (such as the glands in your neck) that help to fight infections that are breathed in or swallowed.  When the tonsils become infected, tonsillitis occurs.  This condition causes pain, fever, and can make swallowing difficult.  Surgery is recommended to treat tonsillitis as it is the only dependable way to prevent the condition recurring.


In children, the doctor may recommend antibiotics before advising surgery as a long course may be effective in breaking the cycle of frequent infections.  In adults, however, antibiotics are unlikely to be effective, especially following glandular fever.


The private tonsillectomy procedure is a surgical operation that takes roughly 30 minutes to perform and is usually performed under general anaesthetic.  During the operation, your surgeon will cut the tonsil away from the muscle that supports it and use heat to cauterise the area, or radio-frequency energy to dissolve the tonsil.


Patients who undergo the tonsillectomy procedure should be able to return home on the same day.  Pain from the operation can last for roughly 2 weeks and is generally worse first thing in the morning.  Patients will need to stay away from school, work, or groups of people during the recovery process.


Regular exercise should help you recover as fast as possible.  Before beginning a course of exercise consult your medical team for advice.


Children and Young People

We have specialist ENT Consultant Surgeons qualified and experienced in treating our younger patients. Please contact us to find out more.


At One Healthcare we can book you in to see a specialist Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon for an initial consultation, usually within 48 hours.  The private tonsillectomy procedure is available at One Ashford Hospital in Kent and One Hatfield Hospital in Hertfordshire.


You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your Tonsillectomy treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages as well as the ability to spread your cost with the option of 0% finance. If you are using your health insurance please do contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at either the One Ashford Hospital or One Hatfield Hospital.

Why One Healthcare

  • Modern purpose-built hospital opened in March 2016 (Ashford) December 2017 (Hatfield)
  • Fast access to diagnostics including MRI, Xray and Ultrasound
  • Private, spacious, en-suite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little or no waiting time
  • ‘Ultra clean air’ theatres
  • Freshly prepared food
  • Calm, dignified experience

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Contact our team to find out more information regarding private Tonsillectomy or to book an initial consultation.

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