Mr Andrew Camilleri
The main risk of tonsillectomy is a post-operative bleed. These usually occur within the first six hours and patients stay in hospital during that time.
Approximately five days after the operation when the scab lifts off, there is a change of bleeding which is usually small.
Rare risks of tonsillectomy include damage to teeth and altered swallowing with fluid coming out of the nose in patients who have a sub-mucous cleft palate.
The risks of a general anaesthetic is very small but in certain patients with medical problems, other precautions need to be taken.