Surprisingly, removal of the lingual tonsils typically is not as uncomfortable as removal of the tonsils and soft palate. If you are also undergoing a tonsillectomy or soft palate reconstruction the lingual tonsillectomy should not add significant discomfort to the procedure.
Regardless, you will be prescribed pain medication either from our office or from a referral to a pain specialist.
Enlarged lingual tonsils have minimal influence in swallowing. Removal of enlarged lingual tonsils typically has very little effect on swallowing function.
No. The creation of your voice begins in the voice box while resonance is a function the back of the nose. The tongue and lips participate in articulation but it is the front of the tongue that is functional in speech. Therefore, lingual tonsil removal has very little effect in voice.
You will be on a soft diet for 10-14 days while your throat and base of tongue heals to avoid bleeding. For most you should anticipate a 5-15 lb. weight loss. It is important to maintain your fluid and electrolyte intake while healing to avoid dehydration. Dehydration is a common cause of increased pain as well as complications after surgery.
Lingual tonsillectomy is a safe and proven method to reduce the size of enlarged lingual tonsils. Complications are rather rare. The number one complication (<1%) would be bleeding. If this occurs you may require a visit to the operating room to “buzz” the bleeder.
Functional complications (numbness, swallowing, and voice changes) are exceedingly rare.
As with any sleep apnea procedure failure is a possibility, as no guarantee can be made for any snoring/sleep apnea procedure. A more comprehensive list of potential complications will be discussed in the office. You will also be given comprehensive counseling by Dr. Pasha and his staff.