Our specialist ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons have performed thousands of tonsillectomy procedures. We will take the time to understand your needs, talk you through the options and answer your questions. 


Tonsillectomy may be the best treatment option to treat recurring inflamed tonsils, known as tonsillitis. 


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Type of surgery

Surgery using a general anaesthetic

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What is it for?

Surgery to remove the tonsils

Treatment overview

Tonsillectomy may be the best treatment option to treat recurring inflamed tonsils, known as tonsillitis. 

The tonsils are part of a group of lymphoid tissues (glands in your neck) that help to prevent infection from germs that you breathe in or swallow. 

Tonsillitis occurs if the tonsils become infected.

Having surgery may improve your general health and will prevent further episodes of tonsillitis.

A tonsillectomy is usually recommended if you have:

  • Continuous attacks of tonsillitis or quinsy – an infection of the tonsils, which can cause severe sore throat, high temperature and difficulty swallowing
  • Swollen tonsils that make you snore or hold your breath while sleeping
  • Swollen tonsils that make it difficult to breathe or swallow
  • Sore throats that obstruct your work or daily life

A tonsillectomy will be performed by our world-renowned ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeons, and a multi-disciplinary team of specialists to help you recover.

Whatever your reasons, we’re here to listen. 

By choosing The London Clinic, you’ll get a more complete, compassionate, and connected kind of care. From initial consultation through to aftercare and follow-up appointments.

The sooner you contact us, the sooner you can start your journey.

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Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.


Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis


We understand just how daunting surgery can feel, especially if it is something you have been considering for a long time.

Here is what you might expect as one of our patients:

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Book an appointment

Our dedicated appointments team will arrange for you to meet with one of our renowned surgeons.

Initial consultation

You’ll discuss your expectations with one of our surgeons.

They’ll outline all risks associated with your procedure, so you are fully aware of exactly what surgery involves.

Our surgeons offer expert advice in our private consulting rooms.

They will also take a medical history to help them understand the impact your symptoms are having on your health, wellbeing, and lifestyle.

Two-week cool off period

You’ll have a two-week cool off period so you can weigh up the risks and benefits.

This will help you make a considered decision about your surgery.

Thorough pre-admission assessment

You’ll have a pre-assessment appointment to review your health for a tonsillectomy to help our care team plan your treatment safely.

The day of your operation

You’ll meet your care team who will prepare you for surgery and let you know exactly what to expect throughout the day.

After your operation, your surgeon will check on you and how you are feeling. They will discuss how best to start your recovery.


Usually you can go home on the same day as your procedure, but occasionally we will suggest that you stay overnight with us.

We will stay in touch afterwards to ensure that you are recovering well.


After six to eight weeks, you’ll have a follow-up with your surgeon to discuss any concerns and ensure that your healing is going as expected.


There are several different surgery options for having your tonsils out including the following:


The most common method for a tonsillectomy is when your tonsils are cut out using a scalpel. Once your tonsils have been removed, dissolvable stitches are used to close the wound.

Laser or ultrasound

Instead of cutting your tonsils out, your surgeon may decide to use laser surgery to remove them. High precision laser beams are used to vaporise the tonsil tissue and smooth the surface that is left. There is typically less pain, less bleeding, and a shorter recovery time than with a dissection.


During this method, a high-frequency electrical current is used to cut the tonsil tissue and remove it instead of cutting the tonsils out.

A tonsillectomy usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes to perform, and you’ll be put to sleep under a general anaesthetic. When you wake up afterwards, you’ll need to rest until the medication has completely worn off.

Any form of surgery only occurs after a thorough ENT assessment by specialist consultants at The London Clinic.

Tonsillectomy may be the best treatment option to treat recurring inflamed tonsils, known as tonsillitis.

The tonsils are part of a group of lymphoid tissues (glands in your neck) that help to prevent infection from germs that you breathe in or swallow.

Tonsillitis occurs if the tonsils become infected.

The main benefit of a tonsillectomy is to improve your general health and prevent further episodes of tonsillitis.

Your surgeon will discuss what results you can expect to achieve from a tonsillectomy.

Recovering from a tonsillectomy usually takes around two weeks.

Over this period, you’ll typically experience some pain in your throat, especially when swallowing.

Some patients will also experience earache, a stiff jaw and bad breath along with a sore throat.

Your doctor will usually prescribe a painkiller for your sore throat.

Applying an ice pack to your throat can also give you relief from the pain and can help to reduce swelling.

You’ll be advised to eat soft foods and drink plenty of fluids for the first couple of weeks after the operation, as well as to avoid clearing your throat and coughing.

As talking may be painful, you’ll usually be advised to avoid talking or whisper instead.

For this reason, you may need to take one or two weeks off work as you regain your ability to talk normally without pain.

Your surgeon and the team at The London Clinic are always available to offer support and guidance. We will be a helping hand during your recovery.

Our expert surgeons who offer tonsillectomy procedures have years of experience and training.

Before your treatment, your expert care team will guide you through your journey and answer all your questions.

You’ll typically stay with us for a few hours after your procedure while you recover from the operation.

We offer extra touches, such as personalised food menus, to make your stay as comfortable and as much like home as possible.

You’ll have your own nurse, supported by an entire nursing team, who’ll help you get you feeling like yourself again.

Once you’re ready to leave The London Clinic, we’ll give you advice to follow once you’re home for a speedy recovery.

We’ll promise to keep in contact with you over the following weeks to ensure everything is going smoothly.


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