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Tonsillectomy: When is it Necessary? Topic Guide

Tonsillectomy: When is it Necessary? Tonsillectomy: When is it Necessary?: A tonsillectomy, that is, the removal of the tonsil organs from the throat, is a procedure thought to help control frequent throat infections. As a result, the procedure was popular in the 1950s through 1970s. Many if not most of these surgeries were unecessary, however. But tonsillectomy is still indicated, in the following circumstances: Sleep apnea, Airway constriction, Abscess on or around the tonsils, Tonsil stones, and rarely, Suspicion of cancer.