Tonsillotomy (Partial Tonsillectomy)

The tonsils are small lumps of tissue located at the back of the throat as part of the immune system, which helps fight infection and protects the body from bacteria and viruses. If you had recurring bouts of tonsillitis it could be enlarged and cause blockage in your airway. Dr Levente may suggest to reducing its size by shaving of the extra surface. The main advantage of this operation type against standard tonsillectomy is the reduced risk of bleeding and much less pain after the surgery.

What is the difference between Tonsillotomy vs Tonsillectomy?

A tonsillotomy is an operation, when – instead of the entire tonsillar tissue removed – just those part shaved off which are blocking your airway. The main advantage of this type of operation against total removal is keeping still functional tonsillar tissue behind and those arteries and nerves, which are located behind your tonsillar glands stayed protected. To reducing the size of your tonsils will not put your body at greater risk of developing infection later on!

The HOWs

How tonsillotomy is performed?

The procedure is done under a general anesthesia, which means that you will be asleep during the procedure. Your mouth will be held open so that your surgeon can see your tonsils, and no cuts will be made in your skin. Dr. Levente will use special instruments and most updated technology to do your tonsillotomy.

How long will it take and stay in the hospital?

The procedure is normally carried out 15-30 minutes and you will usually only need to stay in hospital for a short time period.

When can you return to work?

After your tonsils had been removed, you will need to rest for at least 3 days. Try to keep your child away from smoky environments and from people with coughs or colds.

Recovering after your surgery

Following the surgery, you may feel groggy and sleepy as a result of the anesthetic. Most patients will find that their throat feels slight sore after the procedure. This is perfectly normal and usually be given painkillers while being in the hospital. After the surgery, your tonsils will be covered by white coating. As the throat heals, the white coating gradually disappears. This takes about 5 days. It is important to clean your teeth regularly as this helps fight infection in the mouth.
Pain relief: Once you returned home, still will have a sore throat therefore your surgeon prescribing painkillers for the next 7 days after the operation. The pain usually will be reduced within couple of days and gradually improves within a week.
Eating and drinking: After procedure, you have to start drinking liquids two hours after the operation and can start  eating several hours after that. It is also very important to drink plenty of fluids. You may want to take painkiller about an hour before you eat, as this may make it easier for eat and swallow the food.
  • Very hot baths and showers!
  • Aspirin before or after operation
  • Moderate and heavy physical activity, including sport for ten days – Bending down to pick things up, especially heavy weights.


Dr Levente is an expert in the nasal surgical field.  Completed his Rhinoplasty training program in Chicago, Milano and London. Member of European Academy of Facial Plastic  Surgery and Royal Collage of Surgeon. Licensed under GMC (UK), DHA, DHCC (UAE) . International known speaker for nasal shape and function sessions.  Performing only nasal surgeries on a daily basis. His premise “Since all of us are unique, each nose needs to be tailored to its individual features“

Dr Levente is committed to make the The Right Nose which best to suits to your face.

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