what is the best option for Sleep apnea, complete removal of tonsil or shaving?

Rakhi - posted on 06/24/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




can anyone suggest which one is the best, removing the full tonsil or shaving it? my 5 year old daughter has been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. we were told that she needs to get her tonsil removed and the ENT has given us two options, full removal of tonsil or shaving it. we are unable to decide. any suggestions?


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Stephanie - posted on 06/25/2012




I had mine removed thirty years ago, as did my sister, as it was really routine back then and have had no issues or anything at all.

Amanda - posted on 06/24/2012




My 4 yr old has obstructive sleep apenea too. He had his adenoids removed Oct last year and they have grown back. He is now on the waiting list to have his adenoids removed again and a full tonsilectomy.
We are having the tonsils fully removed as they are so large and his airways are so narrow because of it. We were never given the option of shaving them

Iridescent - posted on 06/24/2012




Even with full removal, tonsils tend to regrow when they are removed young. I'd have to ask if this risk is greater yet when only shaving the tonsil. Also, the bleeding risk is rather high from tonsillectomy, so is it even higher when cutting directly through it vs removing it? It's not a direct answer for you, but they're two major issues to consider.

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