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What Can Happen if You Remove Your Tonsils

Updated on July 3, 2011

Doctors do not know the function of the tonsils and when the tonsils start to give you problems they often recommend that you have them removed by something called tonsillectomy. But let me put it this way: Nothing in your body is there by chance or by mistake. Every organ has a purpose.

Chronic tonsillitis and tonsil stones are two of the conditions that doctors prescribe surgery for. In this article you are going to find out what can happen if you remove your tonsils.

Tonsils & Lymph System

The tonsils is a part of your lymphatic system. The lymphatic system hold lymph fluid which is just like your blood with the exception that it lacks red blood cells. The lymph fluid gets cleaned at special nodes in the body called lymph nodes. Viruses, bacteria, waste products and a lot of other stuff get filtered out at these lymph nodes. These particles and toxins would otherwise be in your blood which all of your cells are in contact with.

Your tonsils are very important lymph nodes and they are responsible for preventing viruses and bacteria from entering the body via the nose, eyes, ears, and mouth. In fact all foreign particles that enter the body from these areas are subjected to the tonsils. That includes toxins and allergens.

Just the fact that the tonsils can grow back to their full size if a little tissue is left demonstrates their importance to your body.

What Can Happen if You Remove Your Tonsils?

If you decide to remove your tonsils and actually go through with it, then you will not have that first line of defense that the tonsils offer. Your body is smart and can adapt and let other systems take over some of the function of the tonsils but not as effective as the tonsils. Plus, the tonsils are also a part of the immune system and by removing them could cause a lot of conditions related to your immunity. It might be easier for you to get the flu and other infections, and these infections might spread more easily to other places in your body.

Immediately after the surgery you may have trouble talking and your voice may change. Also, people that have removed their tonsils have reported bleeding, pain, swelling and difficult eating and swallowing the weeks after the surgery.

Troubles with the tonsils are almost always a symptom of a deeper condition that is lifestyle related. I recommend therefore to seek out a doctor that has a holistic approach to medicine and get his/her opinion before undergoing surgery.

If changes are made to your lifestyle to a more healthy one, then your tonsils can recover on their own and surgery will not be necessary.

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      3 years ago

      At age 9 my parents agreed with the doc and approved the unfortunate removal of my tonsils. I have been plagued with upper and lower respiratory issues throughout my adulthood.

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      Team Wiseman 

      5 years ago

      Useful, Thumbs Up and interesting. Sharing this well written article with my followers. Thank you for the helpful hub.

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      Gopal Vithlani 

      7 years ago

      Though it's true that the immune system will be lowered, removal of the tonsils is still a good idea if the patients tonsils are constantly becoming infected. The body is well designed to adapt to most situations. Remember the appendix?

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      7 years ago

      What i really ment was that after you get the tonsils taking out!!!!!!!' what can happen will u b able to talk what do u have to do

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      7 years ago

      Well I heard that people who get strep throat a lot are candidates for the removal of the tonsils and by removing them will stop you from getting it.

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      7 years ago

      awsome! had no idea

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      8 years ago

      i have a surgery .They take out my tonsills and nowis like i have fire in my mouse ,i can't coof ,u can't eat watever u want i thoungh the surgery it was goin to be fast but now isee is not fast is the most sloly thing i ever done in my life

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      Siri Vedya 

      8 years ago from Stockholm, Sweden

      Yes I didn't know this at first either and if find it shocking that those who should know, doctors, physicians etc don't know either.. :)

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      Hayley LaGarce 

      8 years ago from Kansas City, MO

      I had no idea!


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