Surgery usually takes around 20-30 minutes

You can normally go home the same day

It will be sore to swallow after surgery – painkillers are recommended



Tonsillectomy is performed under general anaesthetic.

The tonsils are removed through the mouth.

Some patients are suitable for Coblation tonsillectomy. Please discuss this with Paul Kirkland to see if this technique is suitable for you.

The procedure takes 20-30 minutes and you will usually be able to go home the same day.



After surgery, you will have a sore throat which can last for up to 2 weeks. You will be prescribed painkillers which need to be taken regularly 30 minutes before meals, so you are able to eat a normal diet.

You will be advised to take 2 weeks off school or work afterwards.

Although the operation is routine and straightforward, very occasionally bleeding can occur. This happens in about 5% of patients, usually between 5-10 days after the operation.

Less than 1% of patients who undergo Tonsillectomy need to go back to theatre to stop the bleeding.

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Coronavirus update:

Mr Kirkland offers both video and face to face consultations for his patients. If you are elderly, vulnerable or shielding, a video consultation in the first instance can be beneficial. Quite often, we are able to instigate treatment or investigations following video consultation. If you are happy to be seen in a face to face consultation, we follow strict hospital guidelines regarding COVID-19 to prioritise patient and staff safety.